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UPDATE 10/22/2020: Come follow the Instagram account I created featuring some of these Black-owned businesses in a more visual way. My hope is to follow all of them that are on Instagram, but it will just take some time to follow everyone. This account and this post are 100% volunteer, so it will take some time to keep things updated but I am committed to doing so. The list is now almost at 400 total businesses! Thank you for continuing to send me recommendations and helping me keep this post updated!
UPDATE 6/23/2020: The community response from this list of Black owned businesses in Ohio has been incredible! This post has been featured in The Canton Repository and mentioned in USA Today! I’ve already added over 80 more businesses to this list, and now we are close to 350! I will continue to update this list daily, so please keep sending in your recommendations! I’ve already received messages from business owners on this list that it has positively impacted their business in some way, and that makes all the hours of work and research, worth it! Thank you for continuing to support these amazing businesses!
ORIGINAL POST: If 2020 has exposed anything, it’s that racial discrimination is intrinsically ingrained in our cultural foundation. To be clear, Black folx already knew this. But for many people around the country, they had no idea how deep it actually went. Or worse, they knew and turned a blind eye to it anyway. Sadly, it took Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd’s consecutive murders to realize that this country’s racial issues go much deeper than the occasional racial profiling or “isolated” act of police brutality. Racism has revealed itself in every system and structure from coast to coast, but especially in the sustainability of Black-Owned small businesses.
Between the state mandated closures of businesses due to COVID-19, which we already know is disproportionately affecting Black communities, and the existing economic disparities for Black-Owned small businesses, it is up to us to ensure the sustainability and long-term success for them. It’s become clear that we, the people, must support our Black-owned small businesses, so I’ve created a directory of Black-Owned small businesses in Ohio. I will be updating this list as I discover new Black-Owned small businesses in Ohio. If you have suggestions for businesses to add, send me a message!
I have tried my best to provide accurate and up-to-date links, however, if you own one of these businesses and would like updates or corrections made to your links, please contact me.
Additionally, if you are the owner of one of the businesses listed here that are located in Stark County, Ohio and are hiring AND felony friendly, please contact Stark County Employment Specialist, Jake Sims at 330-451-7130 or email him at JMSims@starkcountyohio.gov. Please note: Only contact him if you are felony friendly! Thank you!
If you have other recommendations that are not listed here, please send me a message so I can get them added to the directory! If you’re looking specifically for Cleveland-based, Black-owned businesses feel free to use the search page function (command + F) or check out Cleveland Magazine’s list of Black-owned Cleveland businesses to support. Thank you for taking the time to support Black-owned small businesses in Ohio!
Continue to send your recommendations for Black-owned small businesses all over Ohio!