With holiday shopping season in full swing The City of Buffalo and AT&T have teamed up to present Buy Black Buffalo Week, a citywide shopping movement that encourages Western New Yorkers to explore and support Black-owned businesses as they shop this holiday season, especially ones that have suffered economic challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
Following the death of George Floyd and in the wake of social justice and racial equity movements this year, shoppers in our region and nationwide sought out Black-owned businesses to support. During Buy Black Buffalo Week, in partnership with That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory, shoppers will be able to access a comprehensive database of businesses online.
“Past studies show that the dollar circulates zero to one time within the black community, compared to the more than 6-9 times the dollar circulates within other demographics”, said Shantelle Patton, owner of That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory. “In order for our community to see a shift in this financial circulatory system, we must start with an outpour of support for ourselves. Supporting a Black Owned Business is supporting your neighbor’s dreams. We are stronger together than apart and with the Buy Black initiative, all those involved will get to play an integral part of the spark that changes that narrative in the community in which we live from surviving to thriving.
Shoppers will experience some of Buffalo’s best retail, professional services, restaurants, and cultural spaces. Additionally, they will enter unique shops, galleries, offices, and online stores owned by some of Buffalo’s most talented professionals and creatives. Throughout the week, many businesses will offer various specials and promotions. In partnership with AT&T, Buffalo is now one of several innovative cities across the U.S. offering a weeklong event to celebrate and support black-owned businesses.
Check out Buy Black Buffalo Week’s official directory of 84+ black-owned businesses participating this week here.
Is your business interested in participating?
Participating businesses will receive several benefits including being featured online and through traditional marketing, as well as receive a marketing package. Black entrepreneurs are encouraged to register their business asap for Buy Black Buffalo Week. To register, go to Buyblackbuffalo.com.