Since 2015, we have profiled thousands of businesses and interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and professionals from New York to Nigeria, all in the name of celebrating Black Business excellence and encouraging our community to invest in itself and to SHOPPE BLACK.
Now, we’re officially launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds that will get several initiatives off the ground, including:
- releasing our highly anticipated international business directory
- expanding our content
- launching a business agency
Additionally, we’ll be traveling to cities across the country and the Diaspora to connect with entrepreneurs and folks who are invested in creating holistic and prosperous communities.
Reason 1 – More than just a Business Directory
Attracting customers (online or offline) is one of the top challenges that business owners face. What better place to showcase your business or service than through a website that Google has ranked at the top for searches relating to Black owned businesses?
We won’t just list your business on our directory and pray that potential customers find you, we’ll become actively involved as an extension of your marketing and promotions team.
This will allow you to leverage our expertise as a platform that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors monthly, has amassed over 90k email subscribers, and has grown a highly engaged social media following of over 200K people that are passionate about supporting Black owned businesses.
Reason 2 – Access to Business Funding
It’s clear that one of the biggest challenges for Black owned businesses is access to the capital needed to start or grow.
In order to do our part to bridge the funding gap, we’ll be offering access to a variety of business loans and credit via a strategic partnership with a Black owned business funding company.
We’ll also offer access to credit repair services for those who need help qualifying for funding.
Reason 3 – Business Services
Our agency will provide business owners and professionals with several services including:
Customer experience training – We’ve all heard about how the customer service at Black owned businesses, well…sucks. However, let’s be clear, this is a generalization. I know from personal experience that many offer excellent service.
For those business owners who want and need to improve in this area, we’ll provide training on how to build an army of lifelong customers that will sing your praises. This training will allow your customers to have a more pleasant experience with your business and feel good about spending their hard-earned money with you.
Branding – When it comes to the look of a website or images on a business social media account, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the “could use improvement”. 😊
Many businesses are getting it right, but many need some guidance. We’ll be enlisting the services of a team of professionals that will assist in making businesses look like they mean business.
Reason 4 – Results and Receipts
We can talk all we want but at the end of the day, what you need is results, and that’s what we offer. We have a track record of helping businesses boost their brand awareness and increase sales.
Reason 5 – Support for Black Business Supporters
For individuals who are having trouble finding a resource that offers an accurate and up to date listing of Black owned businesses on a global level, we offer an online community that includes thousands of Black owned businesses and professionals from around the world.
Unlike most other business directories, we offer you the opportunity discover, connect and gain insight into these businesses via features, interviews, product reviews and more.
Stay tuned. The best is yet to come. We’ve got much more in store.
Tony x Shantrelle