National Black Business Month
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August is National Black Business Month! As this month comes to an end, EVOLVE encourages you to continue to recognize and support Black-owned businesses. John William Templeton and Frederick E. Jordan Sr founded National Black Business Month in August 2004 to “drive the policy agenda affecting the 2.6 million African-American businesses.“
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 2 million black-owned businesses in the U.S, and that number continues to grow. There are so many local and national businesses to support!
Here are some ways you can support Black-owned businesses this month, and every month of the year.
Do your research and support.
Take time to learn about the Black-owned businesses in your community. Search for ones that provide the services or products that you already buy and become a customer. You can also educate yourself about local business opportunities for the African American community, and what barriers might limit opportunity.
These articles could help you begin:
–How to support Black-owned businesses in Minnesota
–Shop at These Black-Owned Minneapolis Boutiques and Stores
–MN Black-Owned Business Directory
Look up healthcare professionals.
Consider choosing a Black doctor, dentist, therapist, or any other Black healthcare professional who is highly recommended. It is important to have healthcare providers that understand the lives and challenges of their patients as much as their clinical needs.
Spread the word.
Let people know about the Black-owned businesses you support. Use the #NationalBlackBusinessMonth hashtag to create a post encouraging your family and friends to support Black-owned businesses too.
Learn more about UMOJA MN.
Umoja is a Black Heritage camp that provides cultural enrichment activities and workshops to Minnesota foster, adoptive and kinship families that are raising African American children. Umoja camp registration is open September 1-30, 2021.
The camp is scheduled to begin on October 3rd. For more information go to our website or email our Education Director James Johnson at email@example.com.