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New app allows Detroiters to find small Black-owned businesses around them

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Leaders and thinkers from Marcus Garvey to James Clingman have identified how Black neighborhoods could be transformed rapidly if billions of African American consumer dollars were spent in Black communities or with Black-owned businesses.

Now a new cellphone app/website will allow Black entrepreneurs and consumers who want to keep their money in their community to find each other.

Victoria Berry

Victoria Berry

The Small Black Business Directory, available as a free app for the Android platform at the Google play store, takes the geolocation information of the cellphone and identifies participating Black owned business in the vicinity, by name or by category, for the user.

Included are descriptions of the business, contact information, hours of operation (when applicable) and links to the businesses website /social media.

Founded by Detroiter and Eastern Michigan University graduate Victoria Berry, the SBBD recently launched in Detroit; by this year’s end it will have expanded to Chicago, Cleveland, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

Registration for the first 100 businesses in each city is free of charge. “It’s very important for Black people to support the Black community and keep their dollars in their community,” Berry told the Michigan Citizen. SBBD, she says, is a way for businesses to find the support they need.

In addition to the business directory, thesbbd.com and the SBBD app will feature job postings, allowing Black businesses to connect with local Black talent.

On July 30, the SBBD will merge the virtual world and the real world at its Mix ‘n’ Mingle Networking Event at the Skybar Lounge (1150 Griswold, Detroit), allowing entrepreneurs and conscious consumers to make connections and network with one another. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and raffles.

Visit www.thesbbd.com for more information about the networking event, listing your business, or finding Black-owned businesses in your neighborhood to patronize.

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