Black Business Month

Each August, communities across the nation join together in commemoration of  National Black Business Month, a chance to recognize the diverse slate of black-owned businesses and our need to support them at the local, regional & national level.

What’s the history of National Black Business Month? Well, according to America 250, a nonpartisan initiative working to engage Americans in celebration of the United States’ 250th birthday:

“August is National Black Business Month, a time to recognize and support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs across the country,” America250 wrote. “The annual celebration was created in 2004 when historian John William Templeton and engineer Fredrick E. Jordan partnered to advance the policies affecting 2.6 million African American businesses and develop greater economic freedom for Black communities.”

To first celebrate the Black-owned businesses that are thriving in our local community, it is crucial to first recognize those that laid the foundation for the success of future generations. In the face of immeasurable obstacles, whether it be legislation,  threats of terror or, in the case of events such as the Tulsa Race Massacre, rampant hate-based violence, these entrepreneurs laid the groundwork for countless others to grow and thrive on their own accord.

“For generations, Black businesses have made critical contributions to America’s economy. Since the late 1700s, free and enslaved Black people have opened barbershops, tobacco shops, shoemaking shops and other small businesses,” America250 wrote. “Black businesses really began to boom during the ‘golden age’ of 1900-1930. There was a wave of Black-owned businesses stemming from Jim Crow Laws segregating African Americans and forcing them to build communities separate from whites.”

In order to celebrate the Black-owned businesses right here in Manchester, please see the following compiled list of restaurants, studios, digital enterprises and more based right here in our own backyard.

Please note that this list is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of black-owned businesses in Manchester. For a further detailed list, please visit ShopBlackCT, Connecticut’s Black-owned business guide.

  • Anthony’s Jamaican Restaurant – A staple in the Manchester community since 2008, Anthony’s Jamaican Restaurant offers a variety of authentic Jamaican dishes, including beef patties, jerk chickens, oxtail and curry goat and much more.
  • Beauty by Dezign – Beauty by Dezign offers a “full service hair salon,” with offerings including weaves, hair wellness consultations, treatments & more.
  • Black M.A.D.E. The Brand – Consultant company that seeks to uplift black-owned businesses & black voices, including through pop-up shops and special events.
  • Courage Counseling Center – The Courage Counseling Center’s mission is “to guide you toward a meaningful, peaceful, and balanced existence while providing the courage to face your challenges and barriers.”
  • Fortress (Sober Living for Men) – Fortress’ mission “is to support men from various walks of life that are recovering from addiction and abuse in rebuilding their lives and families.”
  • Ice Cream DreamFamily-owned ice cream truck in Manchester, available for speciality bookings.
  • Royal Lilac Photo and DesignRun by Creative & Art Director Rondasia Lamaria, Royal Lilac offers services including wedding photography, portraits and graphic design.
  • Teach for the Culture Teach for the Culture “aims to uplift, affirm, build, and inspire communities and individuals, through education and the strengthening of human-serving organizations.”
  • The Wright Slice of Cheesecake – The Wright Slice of Cheesecake offers a variety of cheesecakes & can be purchased at ShopRite (Manchester, East Hartford, Vernon), as well as at a variety of local restaurants – including Thomas’ Smokey Pit Stop.
  • Thomas’ Smokey Pit StopThomas’ serves up a slate of comfort BBQ meals, including sandwiches, BBQ platters, meats by the pound and a whole host of sides.

While this August is Black Business Month, don’t let a date on the calendar determine the only times when you are shopping locally. Shop local, support Manchester’s robust & diverse slate of business owners and do your part in bettering our community for all.

Have a favorite local black-owned business? Let us know down in the comments where you love to shop!

Like this article?

Leave a comment

About Author
Translate »