Welcome the First-Ever Black Business Week With Your Support

More than thirty-five local Black-owned businesses are offering special deals and sales from February 15-20.

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Honor Black History Month by supporting small, Black-owned businesses across Rhode Island. The first-ever Black Business Week in Rhode Island will offer special deals and sales from more than thirty-five local businesses from February 15-20.

Georgina Sarpong is one of the lead organizers for the special event. “During Black History Month, we will be hosting Black Business Week RI and it’s the first to ever happen,” Sarpong says. “It will be similar to Restaurant Week where all these businesses will be creating specials, combos or sales during that week.”

Keep your eyes peeled for smoothie specials at the Glow Cafe and Juice Bar in Providence. Be sure to stock up on loose-leaf tea from the Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop to keep you warm and cozy throughout the winter. Nubian Nailz will also be participating so get ready for the manicure of your dreams. For the complete list of participating businesses, check Facebook.

This first-ever Black Business Week is organized by Black Lives Biz, a search engine that aims to highlight more than 180,000 Black-owned companies nationwide and to help build community among Black entrepreneurs.

To further support Black-owned businesses, Black Business Week is also hosting two virtual events to help business owners build and sustain their businesses. One focuses on COVID relief in Rhode Island and is organized in partnership with the Office of the General Treasurer of the State of Rhode Island and other state and federal sectors, along with Rhode Island’s Black business owners. This event will focus on the resources that are available for businesses during Covid.

The other event is titled, “How to Transition a Side Hustle into a Scalable Business.” This event is in partnership with Sterling Clinton-Spellman, Chip Douglas and Karriem Kanston, and will highlight stories of converting lifelong passions into successful and profitable businesses. During the event they will share tips, best practices and local resources on how to convert a hobby into a scalable business.

Visit the Facebook page for more information on Black Business Week RI and these virtual events.

 

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