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WHY

Let's Be Honest,

for the average consumer finding Black owned businesses is not that easy.  According to the US Census Bureau reporting in 2016, Black business ownership is on the rise. The number of black or African American-owned firms grew 34.5 percent  between 2007 and 2012 — from 1.9 million to 2.6 million in 2012. So,  with all of these Black owned businesses why is so hard to find or  identify a significant number of Black owned businesses?  


“For African-American communities, black support for black-owned  businesses is critical to their survival. The mission is still as  important today as it was 50 years ago.” -Veranda Dickens, Seaway Bank Chairperson 


Obviously, the problem is not a lack of Black owned businesses, but the  lack of awareness. Aside from for those businesses that our family, friends, and  associates may own, celebrity owned businesses, and legacy businesses like Black Enterprise, the average person doesn't know how  to find or identify these 2.6 million or more Black owned businesses.  


It is necessary that a portion of our dollars are redirected to build up  our own communities. There also needs to be an increase in the number of  Black owned businesses that employ nine people or more and an increase in the revenue and profit these businesses generate. In her article, Women are Leading the Rise of Black-Owned Businesses," Census Bureau's Erika H. Becker-Medina shares, "While the number of black or African American-owned firms represented 9.4 percent of all firms, the $150.2  billion in sales generated from these firms were less than half of a percent (0.4 percent) of the total sales for all firms ($33.5 trillion) in 2012."  Read more at Finding Black Businesses, Not That Easy


Strong Black communities are an asset to our local, regional, national,  and global communities. As an effort toward a solution, in partnership  with the BEEDC, we've devised a strategy to begin the process of  centralize the general public access to Black owned businesses.  

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FindBlackBusinesses.com is a directory of Black business directories to help you discover a more diverse array of businesses. 96 HOURS, aka Shop  96Hours, is a strategic Buy Black initiative with a simple  goal to create one place for the  most-likely-to-buy consumers to discover Black businesses during the height of the buying seasons.

  
OUR GOALS ARE TO 

  • exponentially increase awareness of the business directories and it's members
  • increase consumer and business memberships of directories
  • increase access to a diversity of products and services of Black owned businesses  
  • increase access to discounts and specials - look, we ain't too proud to save!  
  • increase revenue among directories and businesses   

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