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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: 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 at 767 North Eustis Street in St. Paul and is up and running every second Saturday of the month.
  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 the BIPOC community. They also have a great list of BIPOC-owned business directories.

Local media outlets have put together lists of Black-owned businesses, too. Check out lists from Kare 11, The Pioneer Press and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.

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

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

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

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