August is Black Business Month in the US. Black-owned businesses get can get listed in these directories to help consumers find them. Here are over a dozen registries!
Black Business Alliance (BBA). The Black Business Alliance is s a 501c6 non-profit membership organization; which seeks to EMPOWER, GUIDE, PROMOTE, ENHANCE, COLLABORATE and GROW small and medium sized black and minority businesses throughout Connecticut and Nationally by addressing the gap in business access to funding, educational resources and statewide capacity building. It is committed to standing with our community. Since 2014, BBA has outreached to 600+ business owners and professionals in events for Community Economic Development, Speaker-led Seminars, and Business Education Workshops. The BBA has had many requests to be listed on their directory. In only 6 minutes to complete the form, your information can be shared while keeping your business owner’s name and telephone number confidential. There is no charge to be listed in the directory: https://forms.gle/QYwt74SkMRL9inLB9
Black Business Green Book. Black Business Green Book offers ways to browse businesses in many different categories, including home goods, fashion, health and wellness, books, and art. There are different filters for shopping businesses in your state or online-only retailers. One of the great features of this directory is that submitting a business is easy and can even be done by your customers by filling out a form here.
Black Business List. The Black Business list is a brand created by our Founder, Stephen Wicks. He is committed to help BBL members start, maintain, and grow viable businesses. Since 1997, they have been dedicated to helping minority business people start, maintain, and grow viable businesses. Memberships start at $14.99 per month.
Black Nation. Black Nation is a free app that allows you to find Black-owned businesses wherever you are and allows companies to be listed for free. The app’s features include business reviews, category searches, and geotagging technology that allows you to find businesses near you. A feature that allows you to specify businesses within a certain radius is currently in development.
Black Owned everything. Black Owned Everything is more than just a platform or marketplace. What started as an Instagram page has become a movement; a medium for creating meaningful and long-lasting participation between Black business, community, and excellence. It is not ephemeral, trend-based, or short-lived. Black owned everything was founded by first-generation Maryland bred stylist and costume designer Zerina Aker. Zerina Akers has contributed to some of the most iconic imagery of our time. Akers has used her career platform to seamlessly bridge the gap between independent brands and commercial opportunities to lead them to success solidifying her name as one of the most recognized names in fashion. It is free to join.
Black-Owned Brooklyn. Black-Owned Brooklyn was founded in 2018 by a husband-and-wife team to help elevate businesses in their community. While the directory only lists businesses that are based in Brooklyn, Black-Owned Brooklyn also features stories from founders and business owners that can be a great resource for other merchants.
Black Owned Connecticut. Black Owned CT exists to showcase the rich culture & Black talent that Connecticut has to offer as a community of creatives, foodies, healers, and entrepreneurs. To be listed or featured, visit https://www.blackownedct.com/business-directory
Blaque Net. Blaque Net is a community devoted to economic development, empowerment, generational wealth, inclusive and equitable opportunities and learning. Their website includes business directory, career board, and e-commerce.
Buy From a Black Woman. Buy from a Black Woman (BFABW) is an Nonprofit Organization which helps bring awareness to Black Women business owners and the people who support them. They aim to educate, empower and inspire. Lauren Simone Publishing House received the 2020 award for Book and Paper Company. year.
Chez Nous Guide. Don’t miss the beautifully designed Chez Nous Guide: “a volunteer-run inclusive and intersectional home for businesses, artists and organizations owned and run by historically marginalized people around the world and our allies.” You can find businesses owned by women, LGBTQIA+ merchants and BIPOC entrepreneurs in major cities around the world. Search using several different filters, including category and place, or use the “go explore” button. This site includes more than 200 Black-owned businesses.
Eat Okra. Eat Okra app is a directory of Black-owned restaurants, featuring over 2,500 restaurants around the United States. Users can search by cuisine and location, and even order delivery—the app will connect you to GrubHub or DoorDash so you can seamlessly order from those listings. If you prefer to visit in-person, EatOkra will give you directions from your location or connect you to a ride-share service like Lyft. Listing on EatOkra is a great way for Black restaurateurs to reach new customers, earn more clicks on delivery platforms and boost their visibility.
Got Soul. A Chesterfield, Virginia based culinary technology black owned company, Vibrainium Learning, Inc., launched the GotSoul App, a restaurant guide that features just under 5,000 African inspired cuisine, restaurants and experiences (Cajun, Creole, Nigerian, Gullah, Soul Food, Jamaican, Afro-Brazilian, etc.) across Africa and the African Diaspora, of which 98% are Black-owned. Those cuisines culinary roots derive from Africa, for us in the United States it began in 1619 when the first Africans arrived on the Virginia shores. The Got Soul? App was scheduled to launch in February 2020, but the beta launch was pushed back due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
I Am Black Business. I am Black Business run by Joseph Guster, Lee Lewis Jr., and Michael Twum acts as a resource for consumers and for business owners themselves. “Ultimately, our goal is to educate Black business owners on the power of technology and give them a tool that will help them improve their business reach and profitability,” the I Am Black Business site reads. “In addition, our goal is to equip customers with a tool that will allow them to consciously decide where they spend their money and who they are supporting.” One of the coolest features of I Am Black Business is an automatic aggregation of Black-owned businesses that are near you, compiled with geotagging. You can also browse businesses by category or organizations they are affiliated with.
Official Black Wall Street. Official Black Wall Street is one of the largest business directories for Black-owned businesses, with over 5,000 listings in 10 countries. Through the app, business owners can create a listing with reviews, photos, directions and more. The app also alerts users when they’re nearby a Black-owned business to help increase foot traffic.
Post 21. Post 21 was created by a Mother-Daughter duo who for years, wanted a comprehensive marketplace that focused on modern and design forward products from black-owned businesses. While the discovery process of some of their favorite products was always an exciting one, they felt strongly that there’s no reason why these products are consistently being discovered when they should be household names. So, they said let’s create the place we want to shop. Give them a call M-F 9-5 PST at 323.903.6687
Rank Tribe. Black-owned Business Directory with iOS and Android app that will enable our tribes to support #BlackOwnedBusinesses
Shop Black CT. ShopBlackCT is a volunteer initiative and not-for-profit website featuring 1,500+ Black-owned businesses in Connecticut. Free to list. Free to browse.
Shop Black Owned. Shop Black Owned is a free, crowdsourced, and map-based tool that makes it easy to find a Black-owned business in your immediate area. There are more than 1000 businesses listed and more are being added every day. To get your business listed, or to request your city be added, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Black Owned. Support Black Owned directory has been around since 2012, generating many listings over the years. It offers both a website database and an app, as well as advertising options for Black-owned businesses and user reviews and ratings. Search by state, category or even country一Support Black Owned lists businesses in 30+ countries.
The National Black Guide. NationalBlackGuide.com gets thousands of people visiting our Black Business Directory and African American Events Calendar every month looking to support Black Business Owners and find quality events. If you’re looking for exposure!!! Your source for black news, events, and black businesses. List your events for free.
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The Nile List. The Nile List is a digital community that connects consumers with Black owned brands online. Please note that The Nile List is not accepting submissions of new businesses to list with us at this time. We will be back soon!
We Buy Black. While some Black-owned small business directories were founded recently to support Black merchants during COVID, WeBuyBlack has been around since 2015. “Today, it’s the largest e-marketplace for Black-owned businesses,” reports Fast Company. What’s great about this directory is it shows customers how to make the switch from big brands to Black-owned brands for everyday consumer goods, such as cleaning supplies and toothpaste. It’s also got lots of deals on free and fast shipping.
Where U Came From. Founded by business psychologist and tech executive Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, Where U Came From operates in a different way than other directories on this list. This app and website publishes crowdsourced listings and referrals of Black-owned businesses and allows users to search for businesses by category or keyword. It also surfaces the best-rated companies from each category (from major franchises to financial services and healthcare), with rankings determined by peer-to-peer referrals.
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