Finally, no one app or website is going to “solve all of our problems”. But it is a start and you can add the missing ingredient. And if you’re using an app or site that I missed then leave it in the comments. And speaking of support we could use if here on this site as well.
Below are the top Buy Black apps, websites and directories YOU should know, use and share. Let’s get it done.
BlackTradeLines is a mobile application that helps users locate the nearest African American owned businesses, deals, events and activities to them. The app uses both a voice enabled search and a built-in GPS locator to find Black-owned entities within a given proximity.
You can list your business in the directory. We also provide you with an automated voice step-by-step direction navigating to the Black owned businesses near you. With the phone’s mapping technology, we’ll guide you to where you need to be. With our app you can save your favorites list of services you enjoy. Find a place you like, JUST SAVE IT for future visits. It takes seconds to re-discover your new favorite. Share individual Black owned business via Facebook, Twitter or email. Bring back the wealth into your community. To download now CLICK HERE
Tuloko connects people to their local community though our messenger service and crowd sourced information on businesses, events and news targeted to the black community. Users get the inside scoop wherever they go — tapping into local intelligence.
“We wanted to find a niche to support Black-owned businesses,” said Tuloko co-founder Duane Johnson. He and co-founder Sean Armstrong first met in Boston years ago, while volunteering for the National Urban League. Tuloko received a $50,000 Arch Grant in St. Louis in 2014.
The two had the idea to create a virtual version of “Black Wall Street,” the most prolific African-American business district in American history, which was vibrant in the early 20th century in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The new app also identifies “Tuloko Friendly” businesses, which are not owned by African Americans. Armstrong said many people who say support black-owned businesses are really saying support businesses that support the black community by employing black people. To download now CLICK HERE.
The WhereU Came From apps unique features include access to the top 10 most referred pros and businesses under a category even without Internet connection, ability to find the pro nearest you through geo-location technology, reliable listings with verified contact numbers and the ability to easily refer trusted pros to friends and family through the referral function.
Social entrepreneur Dr. Dionne Mahaffey has created the app to allow you to literally buy black. The goal is to help make buying black as simple as possible. You can purchase services and products including house cleaning, plumbing, catering, lawyers, doctors, graphic designers, restaurants, beauty salons and more. The app’s referral and location-based system helps you start your search among the most trusted Black professionals and businesses.
Their development team has added several thousand businesses for the app launch. Business profiles can be submitted from the website or within the actual WhereU Came From app. The app can also help majority, non-black corporations meet their diversity objectives by finding minority businesses to support. To download now CLICK HERE.
www.webuyblack.com – home to thousands of Black-owned businesses.
Did you know that our community sells everything that you want and need?
The goal of webuyblack.com is to find creative ways to help the Black community circulate their dollars more among their own community, to allow the world to witness and purchase the beautiful products of the African people, and to position Black businesses to not only provide for their family and community, but to prepare for their rightful contribution and help for the world.
The site was launched for public purchases on June 19th 2015, which marked the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. On October 21st 2015, Webuyblack.com launched a campaign to raise $30,000 in 30 days to build a more efficient website. Not only was the goal reached but it was surpassed by over $4,000. The site will soon be reconfigured to enhance the security, overall features, site speed and to lower maintenance. To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
iZania.com is one of the longest running “Buy Black” sites on the Internet.
The website is a trendsetting leader in online networking for Black entrepreneurs, professionals, and consumers. Our goal is to enable our members to leverage Internet connectivity to achieve positive outcomes for the Virtual Black Community. This word is derived from a combination of Internet and Azania, which means the people of Africa. So, iZania means connecting the people of Africa via the Internet.
Based in the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, (“I am what I am because of who we all are”) and the idea of consensus building, the concept perceives society as a community to which all individuals belong and is built on close relationships and group interactions. The community is held together by a feeling of mutual security and harmony. In this way, we hold to the traditional African values.
Our intent is to become the best virtual facilitator that connects and transforms the efforts of Black people – economically, socially, educationally, politically – to affect positive outcomes in our communities. We mobilize African American online networking, and extend our efforts to a global initiative. More than networking, we make the ‘NET WORK for you! To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
LetsBuyBlack365.com is a group of concerned citizens organizing locally and nationally in cities around the country towards Black economic, political, and overall justice.
In addition to the website, their features include a resource guide, business directory and mobile apps to help you stay connected right from your cell or device. This community has resources for everyone. There is something for the general public, professionals, local organizers, individuals and for businesses to utilize.Sick of just talking about the problem? Sick of going to community meetings that are just about planning more meetings?
- Expand personally
- Organize locally
- Network nationally
- Be a resource for others around you
- Be part of the solution. Join and get active now.
Get support if you need help and guidance growing your business. Online and offline training’s, networking opportunities and workshops are held with leaders in the Black economic empowerment movement, and entrepreneurs who’ve had proven success in what they do.
This is a movement for economic empowerment so listings will always be free. CLICK HERE TO VISIT SITE
buyblackallyearlong.com is on a mission of engaging the 21st century marketplace with content and tools that empowers the audience.
In addition to reading the content, users can click the “Submit a Link” button. This free option allows registered users to share additional links and bookmarks to stories they’ve found online that support the mission. Categories include business, church and mosque, community, consumers, education, jobs, solutions, top markets and youth and teens.
By changing the way we think and act, we can transform Black spending and buying into real power and generational wealth. To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
www.2millionjobs.com Using the hashtag #Eachandeveryfriday spend $20 with a local or online business is one of the tactics for site organizers. Then submit the businesses you find to www.bbnomics.com and share
within the community. They add, It’s a mathematical fact. If we increase our spending by 5% and redirect some of our discretionary spending to Black-owned businesses we will create two million jobs.
There is also a Buy Black Economics Facebook page and Business and community members take the pledge
“I pledge to help create 2 million jobs.” You can also share this project and tag friends using the
hashtag #2MillionJobs To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
www.authormaggieanderson.com In 2009 Maggie and John Anderson, a successful African American couple raising two daughters in a suburb of Chicago, engaged in a highly publicized social experiment to reinvest in the Black community and buy from only Black-owned businesses for a year.
Following the Empowerment Experiment, Maggie penned a book entitled “Our Black Year“. It examines the commercial exploitation of Black neighborhoods and explores the reasons why Black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial and ethnic groups in every measure of success.
Maggie argues that the social crises that disproportionately impact Black people and underserved Black neighborhoods could be countered through what she calls “conscious consumerism.” She now leads a self-help economics movement uniting business owners, consumers, corporate and community partners to empower struggling communities.
The mission of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation (EEF) is the dedicated study and facilitation
of economic development in underserved minority communities via self-help economics/conscious consumerism,
financial literacy, targeted entrepreneurship and business diversity and inclusion. To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
financialjuneteenth.com Dr. Boyce Watkins, finance professor launched financialjuneteenth.com and provides news, a “FJT University”, podcasts and other content related to financial empowerment for individuals and the community. The target audience is Black people who are seeking to build wealth, start businesses and understand how money works. There is also a YouTube channel where “We also seek to avoid the corporate plantation and live a more empowered life altogether.” To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
www.blackbusinessnetwork.com TAG TEAM Marketing International, Inc. is a Black-owned and operated marketing company that specializes in marketing the products and services of Black-owned businesses to Black consumers. Founders Delxino and Deborah Wilson de Briano launched the company in 2004 and have worked together as a couple to build the business.
The specific mission is empowering the Black community by getting Black consumers to purchase products from Black-owned businesses. According to their website they have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and built a history making team of over 230,000 distributors.
TAG TEAM Marketing is now marketing the products of Black-owned businesses, through their team of Black distributors, to Black consumers all over the world. They add, “The time has come for masses of Black people to excel economically. Through our various programs, we are putting the Black community to work, and creating mass Black productivity at the same time“. To visit the site now CLICK HERE.
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