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Some of the easiest ways I’ve found how to support Black-owned businesses are:
- Sharing their information; it helps with public awareness, which can in turn reduce their advertising costs.
- Giving referrals; it’s ‘street cred’ in terms of social proof and the all-important Know – Like – Trust factor.
Purchasing their products / services; an infusion of cash will increase their capital, giving them the means to build and grow.
Other touchpoints not to be overlooked include:
- simply being present
- providing testimonials
- words of encouragement
- personal and emotional support
- consuming and utilizing resources and educational materials
- group and event participation
- beta testing
In no particular order, and being updated as often as possible, this is a ‘work-in-progress’ running list of my touchpoints with Black-owned businesses (each of which I’ve gained something of value from), and may fall into multiple categories:
Indie Yarn Dyers: The Crochet Cove, Sassy Black Yarns, Lola Bean Yarn Co, Neighborhood Fiber Co., Swanni Heart Yarn, Passion Knits Yarn, Naima Bond, Fully Spun, Ancestral Fiber Co, Prema Witch Handmade, BzyPeach, Birch Hollow Fiber, Queen’s Yarn Boutique, Off The Hook Flyy / Flyy Dyed, Rhythm Knits, Onyx Fiber Arts, Kitty Pride Fibers / Dye Hard Yarns, AT Haynes House Yarns, Urban Girl Yarns, Mitchell’s Creations
Indie Doll Designers (Knit / Crochet / Fabric): My Kinda Thing (University), My Pretty Brown Doll, TLP Brown Sugar Babies, The Christian Crochet Addict, Hand Knit Gorgeous Dolls
Indie Knit & Crochet Designers / Teachers (besides myself): Shirley Paden, Slip Stitch Needlecraft, Tracey Rivers, Jeanette Sloan, Shanna C. Givens, Creations by Courtney
Purveyors: Symphony Chips, Elma’s in Harlem, DD Liquors, Blk & Bold Coffee, Serengeti Spices, Heather Johnson, Kat Juice LLC, Amour Geneve Wine (Blue Wine, y’all!)
‘Cousins’: Tiffany Waddell Tate, Angela ‘Amazin’ Tate (hope y’all don’t mind since we have the same last name!)
I still have to add many of the people I’ve met over the past year, so be patient with me as I continue to work on the list. If you know anyone I should now…lemme know!