In the spirit of Black Wall Street we celebrate and support Black businesses and “Buy Black Buffalo Week” December 4-11; the Brown Bag Business Directory; theBlack BuffaloMobile App; The CAO’s Holiday ShoppingPop Up Events; Black Buffalo Buy Local; the Shopping Guide to Immigrant Run Stores, the launching of the BuyBlackWNY.com website and more!
Locally Mayor Byron Brown announced this new initiative to drive consumers to Black-owned businesses in Buffalo this holiday season. Presented by The City of Buffalo and AT&T the citywide shopping movement is designed to support Black-owned businesses, especially ones that have suffered economic challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center is coordinating the eight-day event.
Buy Black Buffalo Week encourages Western New Yorkers to explore Black-owned businesses as they shop local this holiday season, especially those impacted the most by the pandemic. The announcement was made recently outside of Ms. Eye Candy Boutique on Allen Street, where both sponsors and supporters gathered.
To enhance and further promote Buy Black Buffalo Week and beyond, the community is also encouraged to support and celebrate :
*The CAO Business Development Workshop Series Holiday Pop Up Shopping Event thru December 18
*That Brown Bag, a comprehensive Business Directory and resource guide to strengthen Black and Brown businesses
*Black Buffalo Mobile App, a unique service-oriented directory/locator
*BUYBLACKWNY.COM newly launched site that will feature an interactive magazine that links to websites of Black businesses that operate in the WNY area.
*Black Buffalo Buy Local A Major source for information on minority businesses of all types.
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Businesses participating in Buy Black Buffalo Week receive several benefits including the “Holiday Season Seminar,” a virtual technical assistance session made possible with support from M&T Bank, designed to assist entrepreneurs to prepare for an online shopping increase due to COVID-19 limitations. The seminar took place last week. In addition, participating businesses will be featured online and through traditional marketing, as well as receive a marketing package. Black entrepreneurs are encouraged to register their business right away for Buy Black Buffalo Week. To register, go to Buyblackbuffalo.com.
“Our Black-owned businesses play an important role in our City’s economic success and we recognize that many of them have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Buy Black Buffalo Week will build on my other initiatives to assist Black business owners, and further prepare them for increased online shoppers this holiday season, while showcasing some of the region’s unique goods and services.”
Buffalo Public School students in grades 8-12 can participate in the Buy Black Buffalo Week Art Challenge, by submitting a visual art design that displays what “Stronger Together,” the theme for this years week, means to them. The winner of the challenge will have their image featured on a postcard, sponsored by National Grid, and win a $100 grand prize. Submission details are available at buyblackbuffalo.co
Participating retailers are also encouraged to become members of Buffalo Niagara Partnership. The support of Black-owned businesses beyond the week of Dec. 4. -11 is also encouraged.
Following the death of George Floyd and in the wake of social justice and racial equity movements this year, shoppers in our region and nationwide sought out Black-owned businesses to support. Buy Black Buffalo Week, in partnership with That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory, shoppers can access a comprehensive database of businesses online.
“Past studies show that the dollar circulates zero to one time within the Black community, compared to the more than 6-9 times the dollar circulates within other demographics”, said Shantelle Patton, owner of That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory. “In order for our community to see a shift in this financial circulatory system, we must start with an outpour of support for ourselves. Supporting a Black Owned Business is supporting your neighbor’s dreams. We are stronger together than apart and with the Buy Black initiative, all those involved will get to play an integral part of the spark that changes that narrative in the community in which we live from surviving to thriving.”
Buy Black Buffalo Week is presented by the City of Buffalo and AT&T with support from M&T Bank, National Grid, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Urban League of Young Professionals, and Get Fokus’d Productions.
A complete list of participating businesses will be available to view online by kickoff day on December 4. For more information about Buy Black Buffalo Week or the art challenge visit buyblackbuffalo.com