Republican American: Black-owned businesses in state get their own website

Started in January and I apparently missed it. From the Republican American: Black-owned businesses in state get their own website. “A collaborative effort by a team of 30 volunteers, the website has a directory with links to Black-owned businesses in the state and also provides marketing resources for them. Since its launch July 1, 775 businesses, covering everything from restaurants to consultants to photographers, have signed on.”

New York Times: Black Business Owners Had a Harder Time Getting Federal Aid, a Study Finds

New York Times: Black Business Owners Had a Harder Time Getting Federal Aid, a Study Finds. “A nonprofit sent Black and white ‘mystery shoppers’ to branches of 17 banks, where they asked for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. White customers got better treatment.”

KUTV: New Utah Black Pages site highlights Black-owned businesses

KUTV: New Utah Black Pages site highlights Black-owned businesses. “The Utah Black Chamber is partnering with a local software company to launch a website highlighting Black businesses. [The site] officially became an active site on Wednesday. The space offers resources on how to connect with local Black-owned businesses.”

Mother Jones: #BuyBlack Has Helped Black Businesses Hit by COVID. But It Won’t Solve the Biggest Problems.

Mother Jones: #BuyBlack Has Helped Black Businesses Hit by COVID. But It Won’t Solve the Biggest Problems.. “Between February and April of this year, 41 percent of Black-owned businesses closed their doors, a National Bureau of Economic Research study found, a higher share than for businesses owned by any other racial group. The overwhelming majority of Black-owned businesses didn’t qualify for the first round of the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to help small businesses, because recipients were required to use the bulk of the loans for payroll. As of 2012, more than 2.5 million of the 2.6 million US Black-owned businesses had no employees beyond their owners, notes Ron Busby, president of US Black Chambers, which represents local Black chambers of commerce across the country.”

ABC7: New website Spicy Green Book shines spotlight on Black-owned restaurants across SoCal

ABC7: New website Spicy Green Book shines spotlight on Black-owned restaurants across SoCal. “The Oscar-winning movie ‘The Green Book’ brought attention to a travel guide that helped African American travelers in the mid-20th century. Now, there’s a website called Spicy Green Book that’s shining the spotlight on Black-owned restaurants throughout Southern California with the intention of fostering community.”

WCNC: Facebook has new “Lift Black Voices” option amid uptick in support for Black-owned businesses

WCNC: Facebook has new “Lift Black Voices” option amid uptick in support for Black-owned businesses. “In recent weeks, a bigger spotlight has been cast on racial inequality and the black experience in this country, and people have been looking for ways to show support. One of those ways is by supporting Black-owned businesses who have seen an uptick in interest.”

CNN: A viral Black-owned business success and the shortcomings of the federal pandemic response

CNN: A viral Black-owned business success and the shortcomings of the federal pandemic response. “From lack of relationships to banks, to minimal or less than pristine credit histories, to something as simple as the size and structure of their businesses, Black-owned small businesses faced built-in structural disadvantages, according to lawmakers, advocates, government officials and business owners. ‘This is just laying bare all of the cracks and issues that were already there in this foundation and that people of color had been experiencing every single day,’ said Ashley Harrington, federal advocacy director and a senior counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending.”

Matador Network: How the EatOkra app helps diners ‘be aware and intentional’ of who they support

New-to-me, from Matador Network: How the EatOkra app helps diners ‘be aware and intentional’ of who they support . “The database — which currently lists 2,600 Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, cafes, food trucks, bars and wineries — is on the verge of a major expansion. Around 5,000 new businesses have reached out to Edwards since June 1, requesting to be added to the EatOkra directory.”

MLife: Search database of black-owned businesses in Michigan

MLive: Search database of black-owned businesses in Michigan. “Want to support a black-owned business in your area? Check out our statewide database. The database was created as black business owners try to find solid ground as the state slowly reopens local economies and protests for racial equality have erupted around the world.”

News Center Maine: New website helps Mainers support minority-owned businesses

News Center Maine: New website helps Mainers support minority-owned businesses. “One way people can show support for the movement for equality is to support Maine’s diverse business owners. To help you find those businesses there’s a new website called Black Owned Maine. The site already includes a wide variety of businesses, from barbershops and beauty salons to law offices.”

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America. “One of the many ways people are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement is by supporting Black-owned businesses. One Canadian publisher is making this especially easy for book lovers across North America. Don Gorman, the publisher of Rocky Mountain Books, has created a map displaying more than 250 bookstores across Canada and the United States that are Black-owned and operated.”

The Verge: Yelp is adding a new tool to easily search for black-owned businesses

The Verge: Yelp is adding a new tool to easily search for black-owned businesses. “Yelp is launching a new tool to allow businesses on the platform to identify themselves as black-owned, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced in a blog post Thursday. Customers will be able to search the Yelp app for black-owned businesses they want to support. Over the last week, Yelp says it saw a huge increase in the searches on the app for black-owned companies across various industries.”

ProPublica: Small Businesses Failed by Federal Bailout Program Turn to Cash-Strapped Local Governments for Help

ProPublica: Small Businesses Failed by Federal Bailout Program Turn to Cash-Strapped Local Governments for Help. “Thousands of small businesses, especially those owned by people of color, have been left behind by the stipulations of the Paycheck Protection Program. In Texas, local governments are lending millions of dollars and it’s not enough.”

Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites. “Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there were over 650 tweets containing the phrase ‘Black-owned businesses’ shared in the last hour alone. So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.”

CNN: Magic Johnson will provide $100 million to fund loans to minority-owned businesses

CNN: Magic Johnson will provide $100 million to fund loans to minority-owned businesses. “Magic Johnson may no longer be playing in the NBA, but the Hall of Fame member is still making valuable assists. Johnson announced that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., of which he owns a majority, is providing $100 million in capital to fund federal loans for minority and women business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.”