How to Support Black-owned Businesses This Month

MLK Jr. Mural on Sunrise Banks Branch

Black History Month is here and we’re proud to support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in February and year-round.

Supporting Black-owned shops means supporting Black culture and communities. Curious how you can do your part? We’ve compiled a list of ways to find Black-owned businesses in the Twin Cities and nationwide.

These links include information on Black-owned businesses as well as how to find restaurants, shops and more in your area.

  1. Support Black Owned: Off Site Link Support Black Owned is a national directory of Black-owned businesses. Enter your zip code, specify what you’re looking for and you’ll be directed to a list of businesses in your area.
  2. Minnesota Black-owned Business Directory: This directory is specific to Minnesota and allows businesses to add a listing for free.
  3. Black Business is Beautiful: Black Business is Beautiful is a local pop-up market that features Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) businesses in an attempt to close the racial wealth gap. The market takes place right outside of the Lab brewery Off Site Link at 767 North Eustis Street in St. Paul and is up and running every second Saturday of the month starting February 10.
  4. Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce: Minnesota’s Black Chamber of Commerce showcases Minnesota-based businesses, provides resources to entrepreneurs and also offers an event calendar for opportunities to learn and network.
  5. LOCUS: LOCUS’s mission is to provide connection and resources for BIPOC community-building. They also have a great list of BIPOC-owned business directories. Off Site Link

Twin Cities media outlets have also put together lists of local Black-owned businesses. Check out lists from Kare 11 Off Site Link, The Pioneer Press Off Site Link and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Off Site Link.

The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder Off Site Link also has a Black Business Spotlight Off Site Link, featuring everything from local bakeries to cleaning services.

Black Women's Wealth Alliance (BWWA) supports Black female business owners year-round, providing wealth education services, business technical support, professional development and financial assistance to local business owners. Learn more about BWWA is helping Black women to become successful and build generational wealth:

We’ve also featured some other great Black-owned businesses on our blog, including Black Tech Talent, Junita’s Jar, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Walker|West Music Academy, and Element Boxing.

Find more information on the origins of Black History Month here Off Site Link.