Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the mobilization for racial justice take many forms: from protests demanding justice for Black lives, to people reading resources to better educate themselves on the history of racism and inequity in this country, important conversations taking place between family members, friends, and coworkers. In addition to these critical steps, one major way to support Black communities is by supporting Black-owned businesses, local and nationally.
Historically, Black entrepreneurs have been denied loans, real estate, and other crucial items needed to start businesses and aren’t given the same opportunities as their non-Black counterparts. We know this because our team is 50% people of color including several Black entrepreneurs and their families. That’s why it is so important to keep these businesses going with our financial support, which also reduces the racial wealth gap.
There are many resources on Instagram and Twitter that can direct you to finding Black-owned businesses you can support online. Our team has put together some of our favorite businesses broken down by category. Our CEO, Cheryl Contee, knows some of these tech startup founders and personally recommends them. From makeup to restaurants and everything in between, we hope you love these businesses as much as we do.