Black-owned businesses are a very important aspect of black culture. They give us jobs, foster products that are geared towards us, and promote entrepreneurship in our communities. But without our support, many black businesses wouldn’t be able to survive. In this day in age, it might seem difficult to find local black businesses, but if you have the right tools that daunting task can become much easier.
Tech companies are becoming more aware of the power of the black dollar and are committing resources to help black people find black businesses.
Both Google and Yelp have created tools within their systems that identify local black businesses for people who might search from them. Some apps allow you to locate black businesses wherever you are in the country. Black-owned radio stations and black influencers have all dedicated their time and resources to help you find local black businesses. Below we break down everything you need to know that will help you find the black businesses with the black products you are looking for. Following these simple guidelines and adding these tools to your shopping plans will guarantee you buy black and also keep the money in your community.
Google Black-Owned Business Badge
Google has created a Black-Owned Business Badge that allows businesses to identify as black-owned businesses. It’s a way for businesses to show up on Google Maps and Search and interact with current and potential customers online and it’s free. The new feature is a part of the company pledge to support the Black community with “initiatives and product ideas that support long-term solutions.”
When you want to find a black company that is certified by Google, open google maps and in the search bar type “black-owned businesses.” Once google populates businesses for you, look for the black-owned business badge with an orange circle and a black heart. This means they claimed their black-owned business status on google There is also a women-led badge for folks who want to be even more specific about their support for black businesses.
Yelp Black-Owned Business Tool
Like, Google, Yelp has also created a badge that allows business owners to self-identify as a black-owned businesses. If businesses have opted in you as the consumer will be able to see the business is Black-owned in the “Amenities” section on the websites or “More Info” section in the iOS and Android app. Consumers can also search the phrase “black-owned businesses” and a gem will appear in the search results of your business page identifying it as a black-owned business. Yelp also allows companies to order a free window sticker that can be put in their storefront to make identification even easier.
Top Apps To Find Black Businesses
Many different apps can help you find black businesses, but for the sake of your shopping time, we’ve narrowed it down to just 2 to give you the best advantage of finding the right businesses for you.
Miiriya is an app dedicated to consumers looking to support black-owned businesses. Designed by Lamine Loco, the app gives the consumer a one-stop-shop for all your black-business products. The word Miiriya is a word from the African language of Bambara/Dioula which means “Thoughts” and “Ideas.” You can find the app in the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play App Store.
WeBuyBlack.com is a website directory dedicated to black-owned businesses. The site allows business owners to sell their products and consumers to buy them all in one place. The products on the site are all black-owned and they also cater to black culture. They also have a blog filled with great content geared toward black consumers.
Black-Owned Media & Influencers
Media companies like Radio One have dedicated a lot and time and energy to promoting black businesses. Many of them have directories that are tied directly into the community. Make sure you are listening to black radio to find deals and businesses you might not have known existed without local radio exposure. Also, look to your favorite black social media influencers. Some review and test black products and even have discount codes they promote on their socials.
50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read
1. “Assata: An Autobiography” by Assata Shakur1 of 49
2. “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison2 of 49
3. “Visions for Black Men” by Na’im Akbar3 of 49
4. “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah4 of 49
5. “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama5 of 49
6. “Sag Harbor” by Colson Whitehead6 of 49
7. “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers7 of 49
8. “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe8 of 49
9. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston9 of 49
10. “When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost” by Joan Morgan10 of 49
11. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” as told to Alex Haley11 of 49
12. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison12 of 49
13. “Interiors: A Black Woman’s Healing…in Progress” by Iyanla Vanzant13 of 49
14. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison14 of 49
15. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker15 of 49
16. “Blues People” by Amiri Baraka16 of 49
17. “Our Kind of People” by Lawrence Otis Graham17 of 49
18. “Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino18 of 49
19. “What is the What” by Dave Eggers19 of 49
20. “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” by bell hooks20 of 49
21. “Soledad Brother” by George Jackson21 of 49
22. “Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America” by Nathan McCall22 of 49
23. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz23 of 49
24. “Good To Great” by Jim Collins24 of 49
25. “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin25 of 49
26. “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas26 of 49
27. “Flyy Girl” by Omar Tyree27 of 49
28. “Summer Of My German Soldier” by Bette Greene28 of 49
29. “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry29 of 49
30. “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn30 of 49
31. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou31 of 49
32. “Miles: The Autobiography” by Miles Davis32 of 49
33. “Invisible Life” by E. Lynn Harris33 of 49
34. “Kaffir Boy” by Mark Mathabane34 of 49
35. “Kindred” by Octavia Butler35 of 49
36. “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou36 of 49
37. “Manchild in the Promised Land” by Claude Brown37 of 49
38. “Mis-Education of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodsen38 of 49
39. “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin39 of 49
40. “Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization” by Tony Browder40 of 49
41. “I Am Not Sidney Poitier” by Percival Everett41 of 49
42. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell42 of 49
43. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki43 of 49
44. “Roots” by Alex Haley44 of 49
45. “Sula” by Toni Morrison45 of 49
46. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho46 of 49
47. “Who Am I Without Him?” by Sharon Flake47 of 49
48. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup48 of 49
49. “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine” by Bebe Moore Campbell49 of 49
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