black owned – Abc Directory http://abcdirectory.org/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 02:17:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://abcdirectory.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T213455.069-150x150.png black owned – Abc Directory http://abcdirectory.org/ 32 32 Launch of a New Directory and Marketplace of Black-Owned Businesses in Canada https://abcdirectory.org/launch-of-a-new-directory-and-marketplace-of-black-owned-businesses-in-canada/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 20:33:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/launch-of-a-new-directory-and-marketplace-of-black-owned-businesses-in-canada/ Discovering great Black-owned businesses in Canada is easier than ever with a new national online directory and e-commerce marketplace. The Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) launched Black Biz Global on February 1 to mark the start of Black History Month. The National Black-Owned Business Directory was created to support Black Canadian-owned businesses with their […]]]>

Discovering great Black-owned businesses in Canada is easier than ever with a new national online directory and e-commerce marketplace.

The Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) launched Black Biz Global on February 1 to mark the start of Black History Month. The National Black-Owned Business Directory was created to support Black Canadian-owned businesses with their global business visibility.

“Everything we develop and build in the BBABC is based on the current and future operational needs of our business community,” said Nerissa Allen, co-founder and president of BBABC. “Where are the gaps, where are the supports needed, and how can we meet those needs with maximum impact?” Businesses today need what I like to call “virtual commercial real estate” and that’s what we provide.

Black Biz Global was developed in partnership with Indigenous web design firm Longhouse Media and serves as an online directory and marketplace for consumers, other businesses and government.

The platform currently offers over 400 ads, with more being added every day. Black-owned businesses can register for free to receive their directory listing and there is an option to upgrade to a paid membership plan to sell products.

Visitors can insert their location on the site to find nearby restaurants, hair salons, body shops and more.

“We understand the challenge of trying to maintain an online presence as a small business or solopreneur, and we wanted to increase value beyond a traditional directory,” Allen said in a statement. “By providing a platform where companies can also sell their products and advertise their services, we can offer them a virtual retail space. The lack of this is often a small business killer.

“Any Black-owned business across Canada can be listed on our platform. Whether it’s Nunavut Wellness Spa in Iqaluit, Northern Territories, or Tommies Jerk in Surrey, BC, we’ve created a space for them to be seen.

Nerissa Allen, co-founder and president of the BBABC./Submitted

Allen laid the groundwork for BBABC a few years ago when she started showcasing local businesses on a grassroots community Instagram page. The association officially registered as a non-profit organization in July 2020 following two major events.

“Our business was closed for three months due to COVID restrictions and we were also living through the trauma as a community of the murder of George Floyd,” explained Allen, a mother and entrepreneur. “Feeling helpless and looking for a way to turn that pain and trauma into something uplifting and community-building was the driving force to save the organization and take it to another level.

“We wanted to give hope to ourselves and the community, and we thought the way to make a difference was to build economic strength within the community. Help keep businesses afloat during the pandemic.

Black Biz Global

Tommies Jerk of Surrey, led by CEO Tobias Brown, is one of hundreds of black-owned businesses listed on Black Biz Global. (@tommiesjerk/Instagram)

BBABC supports over 500 businesses across Canada in a variety of sectors, such as hospitality, engineering, tourism, arts, health and beauty, and more. The association has also organized partnerships with Climate Smart and Buy Social Canada to encourage and advance positive climate action and social value.

“We will continue to raise the bar and push for excellence in our business community,” Allen said. “We will continue to demonstrate leadership and commitment to social good and environmental sustainability through the design of our workplace, the programs we develop and the actions we take every day.

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State Black Chamber Launches “Green Book” Business Directory https://abcdirectory.org/state-black-chamber-launches-green-book-business-directory/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/state-black-chamber-launches-green-book-business-directory/ The Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce (ASBCC) is launching the “Alabama Green Book,” a statewide directory of black-owned businesses. It is inspired by the “Negro Motorist Green Book” or Green Book, a Jim Crow-era travel guide that helped black travelers find businesses that would serve them. It was compiled by Victor Hugo Green, a […]]]>

The Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce (ASBCC) is launching the “Alabama Green Book,” a statewide directory of black-owned businesses. It is inspired by the “Negro Motorist Green Book” or Green Book, a Jim Crow-era travel guide that helped black travelers find businesses that would serve them. It was compiled by Victor Hugo Green, a black postman.

More than 60 industry categories are featured in the Alabama Green Book. Black businesses in urban and rural areas are featured. His website is alabamagreenbook.com.

“We invite public and private agencies to use the Alabama Green Book to diversify their database of potential contractors and sellers,” Mitchell said. “It will also be a valuable resource for consumers looking to patronize Black-owned businesses in our state.”

The ASBCC creates, fosters and promotes economic development and opportunity for Black communities and its members. Its seven member chambers are the Birmingham Metro Black Chamber, Huntsville Metro Black Chamber, Mobile Area Black Chamber, Northeast Alabama Black Chamber, River Region Black Chamber, Tuscaloosa Area Black Chamber, and Wiregrass Black Chamber.

For more information, please contact Jerry Mitchell at [email protected]

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Black-Owned Business Directory Aims to Connect Consumers to Black-Owned Businesses https://abcdirectory.org/black-owned-business-directory-aims-to-connect-consumers-to-black-owned-businesses/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/black-owned-business-directory-aims-to-connect-consumers-to-black-owned-businesses/ Tammy Combs, writer, innovator, entrepreneur and publisher of Black Pages of the South. (Black PR Wire) – With millions of Black-owned businesses across the country, Black-Owned Businesses do not yet have a comprehensive, comprehensive, and consistent site that connects customers to Black-Owned Businesses, especially in the southern states. But not for long…. On Monday, August […]]]>

Tammy Combs, writer, innovator, entrepreneur and publisher of Black Pages of the South.

(Black PR Wire) – With millions of Black-owned businesses across the country, Black-Owned Businesses do not yet have a comprehensive, comprehensive, and consistent site that connects customers to Black-Owned Businesses, especially in the southern states. But not for long…. On Monday, August 30, Southern Black Pages officially launches, and plans for a mobile app will be released soon after.

Black Pages of the South is an online/digital directory that lists black-owned businesses in the southern region of the United States. This directory covers blacklisting businesses that range from grocery stores, beauty services, real estate agents, mechanics, professional services and beyond.

“We created Black Pages of the South to make it easier for our black consumers to move the black dollar around,” says Tammy Combs, writer, innovator, entrepreneur and publisher of Black Pages of the South. “Our mission and purpose is to help empower our community.”

Prior to founding Black Pages of the South, Ms. Combs owned and operated Southwest Georgia Black Pages, a directory of bestselling magazines developed over 20 years ago. She is known throughout Georgia and Florida as a representative of the black pages while serving the community. Tammy Combs operates Black Pages of the South with Ashley Tucker, who is the editor; and Janay Sharp, who is the editor.

While the Southern Black Pages will feature Black-Owned Businesses in the Southern region of the United States, everyone is welcome to use the service and support Black-Owned Businesses.

All black businesses in the states served will be automatically listed in the directory. If you don’t see your black business listed, entering a business name and contact information in the directory is free at this time. A full color directory that will display paid advertisements of your business will be available soon.

To place an order to have a business listed in the Black Pages of the South online directory and upcoming mobile app, visit blackpagesofthesouth.com under the “Contact Us” section.

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(BPRW) Black-Owned Business Directory Aims to Connect Consumers to Black-Owned Businesses | Press Releases https://abcdirectory.org/bprw-black-owned-business-directory-aims-to-connect-consumers-to-black-owned-businesses-press-releases/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/bprw-black-owned-business-directory-aims-to-connect-consumers-to-black-owned-businesses-press-releases/ (BPRW) A directory of black-owned businesses aims to connect consumers to black-owned businesses Business resource directory Black Pages of the South launches digital platform August 30, with mobile app to follow (Black PR Wire) – With millions of Black-owned businesses across the country, Black-Owned Businesses do not yet have a comprehensive, comprehensive, and consistent site […]]]>

(BPRW) A directory of black-owned businesses aims to connect consumers to black-owned businesses

Business resource directory Black Pages of the South launches digital platform August 30, with mobile app to follow

(Black PR Wire) – With millions of Black-owned businesses across the country, Black-Owned Businesses do not yet have a comprehensive, comprehensive, and consistent site that connects customers to Black-Owned Businesses, especially in the southern states. But not for longAt Monday, August 30, Southern Black Pages officially launches, and plans for a mobile app will be released soon after.

Southern Black Pages is an online/digital directory that lists Black-owned businesses in the Southern United States. This directory covers blacklists of businesses that range from grocery stores, beauty services, real estate agents, mechanics, professional services and beyond.

“We created Black Pages of the South to make it easier for our black consumers to move the black dollar around,” says Tammy Combs, writer, innovator and entrepreneur who is the publisher of Black Pages of the South. “Our mission and purpose is to help empower our community.”

Prior to founding Black Pages of the South, Ms. Combs owned and operated Southwest Georgia Black Pages – a bestselling magazine directory developed over 20 years ago. She is known throughout Georgia and Florida as a representative of the black pages while serving the community. Tammy Combs operates Black Pages of the South with Ashley Tucker, who is the editor; and Janay Sharp, editor.

While the Southern Black Pages will feature Black-Owned Businesses in the Southern region of the United States, everyone is welcome to use the service and support Black-Owned Businesses.

All black businesses in the states served will automatically be entered into the directory. If you don’t see your black business listed, entering a business name and contact information into the directory is free at this time. A full color directory that will display paid advertisements of your business will be available soon.

To place an order to have a business listed in the Black Pages of the South online directory and upcoming mobile app, visit blackpagesofthesouth.com in the “Contact Us” section.

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Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance to Launch Hastings Street Index Business Directory https://abcdirectory.org/metro-detroit-black-business-alliance-to-launch-hastings-street-index-business-directory/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/metro-detroit-black-business-alliance-to-launch-hastings-street-index-business-directory/ The Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance is launching an online directory of 800 local black-owned businesses called the Hastings Street Index on Monday. Named after a thoroughfare in Detroit’s historically significant but now destroyed black neighborhood, the interactive listing will allow anyone to search by location, category and various tags for black-owned businesses. The MDBBA […]]]>

The Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance is launching an online directory of 800 local black-owned businesses called the Hastings Street Index on Monday.

Named after a thoroughfare in Detroit’s historically significant but now destroyed black neighborhood, the interactive listing will allow anyone to search by location, category and various tags for black-owned businesses.

The MDBBA is planning a virtual launch event at 2 p.m. Monday with local historian Jamon Jordan, president and CEO Charity Dean said.

The city razed the north-south Hastings Road and the Black Bottom area during a forced resettlement of black residents and their thriving businesses to build I-375 and Lafayette Park in the 1950s and 1960s.

Members of the newly created Chamber of Commerce can be listed in the Hastings Street Index, as well as those who are not – although without a membership a business cannot develop its profile as much.

“It will be something that will grow iteratively as we get more people to sign up to join the directory,” Dean said.

The directory’s search function will work much like the restaurant search engine and review site Yelp.com, she added.

“You can put on tacos and it will make any business that has tacos take off,” she said.

Romulus-based Bradley Creative Group LLC has created the Hastings Street Index, which Dean says will cost around $100,000. The chamber has raised around $30,000 so far for the launch. Sponsors include Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services, Go Daddy, Comcast, New Economy Initiative and Goldman Sachs, according to Dean. The site itself should also generate revenue later through advertising.

The MDBBA was launched in March to converge and amplify the voices of black business owners. It aimed to address the needs of business communities that have faced structural racism, and have been underserved and discriminated against for decades.

The organization also signed a lease for a 2,200 square foot downtown business resource center at 1234 Washington Blvd. with meeting and work space, printers and more for members. It’s to open this summer.

Dean, a former director of Detroit’s Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity, leads the regional organization alongside another former Detroit executive, MDBBA COO Kai Bowman. TCF Bank has committed $1 million over five years to this effort.

The chamber has about 100 members. Its targeted budget for the year is $1.4 million and it has already raised over $400,000.

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Rapid launch of new Black Business Directory for PEI. https://abcdirectory.org/rapid-launch-of-new-black-business-directory-for-pei/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/rapid-launch-of-new-black-business-directory-for-pei/ A business directory listing more than two dozen Black-owned businesses in Prince Edward Island was quickly put together and launched just days after a call for listings was launched. “We were planning to launch it a bit later. And then we thought, ‘You know what? Let’s do it. Why are we waiting? “, said Tamara […]]]>

A business directory listing more than two dozen Black-owned businesses in Prince Edward Island was quickly put together and launched just days after a call for listings was launched.

“We were planning to launch it a bit later. And then we thought, ‘You know what? Let’s do it. Why are we waiting? “, said Tamara Steele, executive director of the Black Cultural Society of PEI.

“So we put out the call for entries, I think, three days before it went out and we got 23 entries straight away.”

The directory was posted on the society’s website on February 1, marking the start of Black History Month.

The company has added a few more businesses since that initial launch and continues to grow the online listing. It includes a wide range of businesses, including event managers, photographers, graphic designers, financial advisers, chefs and bakers.

Steele said the directory is a valuable marketing tool for businesses.

DJ artist Jane Blaze has joined the Black Business Directory. (DJ Jane Blaze)

“There’s a great buy local culture here on PEI, but ‘Buy local’ often means ‘Buy from businesses you know who owns them or who works there,'” said she declared.

“Often, Black-owned businesses don’t fall into that category for many Islanders.”

In addition to listing them in the directory, the company’s social media manager visited the companies to promote them on the company’s social media channels.

Many businesses have recently started and are run by newcomers who may not be eligible for government support, Steele noted. This makes community support all the more important.

The directory is a way to support the community, says Tamara Steele. (Radio Canada)

“Now is a good time for people to recognize how they spend their money, where they put their money, what communities they support, what messages they support,” Steele said.

“I think it’s just a great way to continue that Black Lives Matter attitude.”

Companies wishing to be listed in the directory can register on the company’s website.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to stories of success within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project that Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

(Radio Canada)

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Directory of Fast Growing Black-Owned Businesses in Manitoba – Winnipeg https://abcdirectory.org/directory-of-fast-growing-black-owned-businesses-in-manitoba-winnipeg/ Tue, 02 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/directory-of-fast-growing-black-owned-businesses-in-manitoba-winnipeg/ An online directory for Black-owned businesses in Manitoba continues to grow after launching last spring. Black Owned Manitoba was launched in June 2020, around the time of the Black Lives Matter movement. “(We thought) how can we create something that highlights and strengthens the (economic) growth of the black community in our province,” co-founder France […]]]>

An online directory for Black-owned businesses in Manitoba continues to grow after launching last spring.

Black Owned Manitoba was launched in June 2020, around the time of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“(We thought) how can we create something that highlights and strengthens the (economic) growth of the black community in our province,” co-founder France Bahati told Global News.

“There was no such thing.”

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The website now features more than 100 businesses and professionals, including restaurants, clothing retailers, hair salons, makeup artists, consulting firms, gardening companies, doctors and dentists.

“You can go to Google and say I want to find a Chinese restaurant, but it was so hard to say I want to find a black-owned business,” said co-founder Odette Bahati. “So our directory is able to help you do that and it’s for everyone.”

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She adds that the response has been overwhelming.

“It’s definitely a friendly Manitoba, because we see how people use the resources that are there,” she said.

“And we hope that this momentum and this support is not just a trend and that it will continue – not just this year, not just next year, but in the future.”

Merri Tekle runs Ambience Hair Studio in downtown Winnipeg. She says the website has attracted new customers.

“I think for a lot of African American hair people, there aren’t a lot of options of where to go to get their hair done. Over the past five years, there’s been this trend that you don’t have to straighten your hair, you can just wear it naturally,” Tekle said.

“We’ve had a lot of black people with natural hair, which is nice, tight, curly hair,” she added.

“It’s not the same as having straight hair. It takes a long time, it’s very fragile and we get a lot of customers from (the website).

Amina Ayoade is the owner of Bubbalatte Cakes & Bakery.

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Amina Ayoade runs Bubbalatte Cakes & Bakery. She says she hopes the platform will help inspire a younger generation.

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“I think it’s really important for us to step up,” Ayoade said.

“Every person has the opportunity to express themselves and it lets others know that, especially young children. Like, you can do it, it’s something you can do. You can be a little black kid and have big dreams of owning your own business. It’s totally doable. »

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Francine and Odette, who are sisters, are business owners themselves. They say the response has been so overwhelming, they are looking for volunteers to help with Black Owned Manitoba, and they are always looking to add more businesses to the directory.

“It’s been a resource not only for black people, but also for our allies,” Francine said.

“If you want to support the community and support the community growth of black businesses and the black community in our province, you can check out the black-owned directory.”

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Newtown Florist Club nears release of black business directory https://abcdirectory.org/newtown-florist-club-nears-release-of-black-business-directory/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/newtown-florist-club-nears-release-of-black-business-directory/ Angela Middleton, who served as the project coordinator, said she was able to gather information on about 170 Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit community resources and churches. Middleton said they still hope to contact several more people before the directory is released. “We would like to see minority businesses highlighted so they can continue to grow […]]]>

Angela Middleton, who served as the project coordinator, said she was able to gather information on about 170 Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit community resources and churches. Middleton said they still hope to contact several more people before the directory is released.

“We would like to see minority businesses highlighted so they can continue to grow and prosper,” Middleton said. “We would like to facilitate access to locate minority businesses as well as the resources we have in this area.”

Throughout the development of the project, Middleton said she was delighted to discover the range of businesses created by young entrepreneurs across the region.

“We started to realize that, ‘Oh my God, there’s so much more going on here than we even thought’ and the number of young people who were starting businesses, who had ideas about starting businesses,” said Johnson. “It became quite an exciting process to go through, so we kept going.”

Johnson said she hopes the publication of the directory “will inspire others who have wanted to start a business to think more about the possibility of doing so these days.”

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Knoxville Black Business Directory spotlights local minority-owned businesses https://abcdirectory.org/knoxville-black-business-directory-spotlights-local-minority-owned-businesses/ Sat, 16 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/knoxville-black-business-directory-spotlights-local-minority-owned-businesses/ Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Finding a local place to eat, shop, find auto repair or healthcare can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Add to that search the ability to find local minority and black-owned businesses and until October 2020, there was no specific option for Knoxville-based businesses. Enter: The […]]]>

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Finding a local place to eat, shop, find auto repair or healthcare can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start.

Add to that search the ability to find local minority and black-owned businesses and until October 2020, there was no specific option for Knoxville-based businesses.

Enter: The Black Business Directory.

“If you’ve decided to do something different, spend some of your money on a black-owned business. It’s local, that money stays local and supports the local economy,” said Damon Rawls, senior digital strategist at Damon Rawls Consulting.

Rawls said he was inspired to create the “21st Century” database through his own experience. He wanted to find a black-owned business and realized there was no easy way to find one for what he needed.

What he knew: Black and minority business owners with local services that he believes should be enhanced. So in October 2020, months into the COVID-19 pandemic, he created the website and directory to help.

“We see big companies folding today. Small businesses are more likely to sink in this environment. One of the main goals is to help these businesses grow and thrive,” Rawls said.

Rawls’ experience in marketing is on display in the design of the website. It is user-friendly and offers 27 service categories. Categories range from restaurants and legal services to pet services and stores.

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Rachel Fletcher owns Knox Upholstery and for the past 11 years has been “upgrading your furniture,” she said.

“I take your chair, strip all the padding, strip all the padding, and give it new life,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said she is proud of the work she does not only in her business, but also for her representation in the community.

“It was important to register on the website because A. I’m a black person, but also B. we need more exposure,” Fletcher said.

She said she wanted to support the directory by getting involved and posting her contact details and business information there, as one of the first. The pandemic has given her business a boost, she said, as more people are at home.

“It’s been really, really good, the pandemic, because it’s forced everyone to come home, they’re looking at their furniture and sitting in their chairs and furniture more…” Fletcher said.

“It Changed My Business”: Why Business Owners Want

Clara’s Closet and Crafts is one of 130 businesses listed in the directory. The thrift store on Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville is owned by Breyauna Holloway.

The storefront opened in November 2020, after three successful years in an online store through Poshmark and Etsy.

Holloway, an Austin-East High School graduate, said she hopes the store will become a place for young adults in the community to go to proms or school dances to find high-end clothes at a lower price. cost. It’s a way, she says, to give back to the community.

“I’m a third generation grad from Austin-East so spring is coming hopefully this coronavirus [pandemic] will be under control and they can have a proper prom,” Holloway said.

She started her business selling children’s clothes that her own children grew up in, then clothes that she no longer wore. It evolved into the storefront for Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville.

She joined the Black Business Directory to set up its store in a location that is easily accessible to the community.

“You’re not just helping me and my family, I’m a single mom with five kids, I pay rent here at my store, I pay rent at my house. I give back to the people you know,” Holloway said.

Holloway said as her business grows, she plans to give back even more. Right now, she said she wants to support the communities that have done the same for her: Austin-East High School and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is a former student of both schools.

“People know that women-owned businesses, black-owned businesses, don’t necessarily have the resources that big corporations have,” Holloway said.

There are no signs to mark her store at 2131 Magnolia Avenue, but she hopes her name in the directory will suffice, for now.

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January 13 – New Website, Directory of Black-Owned Businesses from the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce | fwbusiness https://abcdirectory.org/january-13-new-website-directory-of-black-owned-businesses-from-the-fort-wayne-black-chamber-of-commerce-fwbusiness/ Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/january-13-new-website-directory-of-black-owned-businesses-from-the-fort-wayne-black-chamber-of-commerce-fwbusiness/ The Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and plans to create a new website and directory of Black-owned businesses. Clifford Clarke, chairman of the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce and owner of C2 IT Advisors, spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Jan. 11 about what’s coming […]]]>

The Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and plans to create a new website and directory of Black-owned businesses.

Clifford Clarke, chairman of the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce and owner of C2 IT Advisors, spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne Jan. 11 about what’s coming from the chamber.

Founded in 2012, the chamber has its office at 1832 Paulding Road. Its members are typically black business owners and disadvantaged small business owners, but membership is open to all. Currently, it has less than 100 members. Membership fees listed on its website are $500 for companies with 50 or more employees; $200 for those with less than 50 employees or $100 for an individual.

The chamber offers a variety of programs focusing on financial health, mental health, access to capital, and understanding local government.

One program, Club 720, helps people get a credit score of 700 or better. This allows the cardholder to get lower interest rates.

The chamber plans to release an updated directory of Black-owned and operated businesses in Fort Wayne later this month.

Because the chamber used a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and received help from SEED, as well as advertising dollars, Clarke said the group hopes to make the directory available for free.

Copies will go first to those featured in the publication as well as advertisers.

The chamber is preparing a first print run of a few hundred copies. The hope is that once people see it, more business owners will want to be listed, so it’s expected to have a second airing mid-year.

The chamber is also seeking to relaunch its BUILD program, which promotes the training of skilled labour.

The chamber seeks to create a more diverse and energetic community, aspects of which attract new people to a place, Clarke said.

Working with Greater Fort Wayne, the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the New Allen Alliance, the Black Chamber seeks to build on Fort Wayne’s reputation and go beyond being a place to live in low cost.

He, along with others, is also partnering with Fort Wayne UNITED on the United Front initiative that stemmed from last year’s social unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black suspect who died in police custody in Minneapolis. They host educational sessions on topics such as stereotypical threat, privilege and power, and organizational bias. The next event includes keynote speeches at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on January 27. Details on a series of webinars and other information are available at FWUnitedFront.com.

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