HOW YOU CAN EE EVERYDAY
Online and on the road:
Here are some of our favorite regional and national sources for finding quality Black businesses, professionals, and products:
List of Black-owned banks (national)
Black banks by State (provided by Natl Bankers Assn)
Black-owned McDonald's locations (Chicagoland)
Black owned Burger Kings, Auntie Anne's, Pizza Huts (national)
Aroundtheway.com (phone app to locate businesses, national)
BuyBlackAllYearLong.com (more inspiration, tips, directories)
List of Black-owned Beauty Products (some available at mass retailers!)
Black-owned chain of BP and Mobil gas stations (Chicago only)
Black Groupon Site - BlackBizHookup.com
Thank God I'm Natural (gifts for women and girls)
Natl Assn of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, Developers (NABHOOD)
The Black Bank Initiative
Atlanta Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta Business League
Ujamaa Network - Quality Black businesses in Chicago
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
African American Chamber of PA, NJ, DE
African American Chamber of New Jersey
Toledo African American Chamber
National Black McDonald Owners Association
Black-made Products and Services:
Here are some of our favorite products that are available online. No excuses. From fine wine to fine pens, Black entrepreneurs are providing top quality products and need your support!
Industrial Bank (Black-owned bank chain for MD and DC)
Wystone's World Teas and Treats
Jean Escarpeta - Rep for Silpada Silver Jewelry
PrettyBrownGirl.com (baby, girls', and women's apparel and gear)
Candy Coated Cosmetics
AWNI Collections (Hair weaves, Human hair)
Sweet Honey Child's Boutique (gifts for girls)
Pattycake Doll Company
Sohe Designs (china, home decor, housewares)
Heritage Link Brands (wine)
Harlem Brew (beer)
ICE Supreme (ice cream, available in Whole Foods in GA, AL, NC, SC, TN)
JTE Spirits (cognacs)
S&S Bedding (Comforters, Sheets, Bedroom Decor)
Soul Purpose (bath and body)
Georgianne's Skin Treats
Organic Bakies Baked Goods
It's Hip Hop Baby (like Baby Einstein, educational DVDs)
Aunt Olas Cookies and Cakes
HIM Fragrance Group (Men's cologne)
iwiFresh Gourmet Skincare
Big Girl Cosmetics
TT Patton Fine Pens & Stationary
Sean John (mens, boys apparel)
Cowries Cards (e-cards, evites)
REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS
EE is building its national directory of top quality Black businesses, products and professionals. EE is not just a directory. EE is a movement - a nation of consumers, investors, corporations, partners and entrepreneurs who are uniting to prove that the Black community can be improved if more Americans were to support Black businesses, products and professionals. As a quality Black business owner or professional, YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR SUCCESS. Sign up so we can start directing the EE Nation to you and you can do your part to rescue our community. For more on our national campaign to support you, click here.
MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESS
If you ready to start making finding and supporting quality Black businesses a new way of life, please register now. We are putting together the infrastructure for a smart and sophisticated campaign, with the tools, databases and support you need to get your EE on. For more on our national campaign to support quality Black businesses, click here.
SUPPORT/ LEVERAGE OUR PARTNERS
You cannot EE by just searching web directories. EE is partnering with the national organizations that work hard everyday to lift up quality Black businesses. They know where the businesses are. They know where the Black gas stations, grocers, banks, convenience stores, clothing stores, publications and franchises are. They can point you to the best professionals, Black-made products and suppliers.
EE Partners all have local chapters in your city that want want to help you EE. Contact them now for help finding Black businesses and professionals. Tell them EE sent you!
TheUnited States Black Chamber of Commerce (USBC)
The USBC unites with EE to generate wealth and economic development for African Americans by fighting for increased business success, opportunity, and influence of Black entrepreneurs. It provides committed and visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment through the creation of resources and initiatives to support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.
FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference
George Fraser is unites the best and brightest Black professionals and entrepreneurs. FraserNet is built on the belief that if Black business would work together, we'd all be successful. Frasernet's networking and business/network enhancing tools include the SuccessNet Series, the PowerChats, and the Exclusive Vendor Network. www.frasernet.com
National Association of Market Developers
NAMD is dedicated to servicing and uplifting Black professionals and entrepreneurs; and be the leading source of information and advocacy for the Black consumer. They provided Dr. King with the statistics he used when he began to tell us to put our money in Black banks. And if you are a marketing professional or entrepreneur, join NAMD today.
National African American Insurance Association
EBlack insurance professionals help Black families plan for, create and transfer intergenerational wealth. And our insurance agents are business owners, even if they sell products from mainstream firms. It is very important and very easy to seek and support Black insurance professionals. The NAAIA advocates for the professional advancement of thousands of Black entrepreneurs. If you are in the insurance industry, join the NAAIA today. And if you are looking for agents, contact your local NAAIA chapter.
Buy Black All Year Long
This is a coalition of media partners and business owners who have come together to demand more support of the institutions that keep our community strong. The members of the coalition, like Norm Bond, have been supporters of EE from the beginning. They offer great resources for consumers who are willing to make a small commitment to support Black businesses ($20). Visit www.buyblackallyearlong.com.
AN EE DIRECTORY! COMING SOON!
Many of you have been reaching out to us asking us where to find quality Black businesses. We are definitely building a national directory of quality Black-owned businesses. However, we have not built the infrastructure and have not acquired the technology to convert that information into a reliable, national, user-friendly directory with the mechanism to enable you to report your spend and experiences supporting Black businesses. This data is critical to the EE Foundation's research in self-help economics. We are raising money to do that right now. Our family cannot do that alone.
In our pledge, we learned a great deal about searching for Black businesses online. We want to make sure our businesses are verified, qualified, and that your search experience is fruitful and pleasant.
We also seek to be able to document your EE experience - from the seeking to supporting - as that information will feed our research and educational programming on self-help economics. Together, we can prove why everyone needs to support Black businesses. Together, we can show the world that Black businesses, products and talent are just as good as everyone else's. Together, we will showcase our cumulative spend with Black business so we can show the power of the Black consumer dollar.
We can do all that. We will do all that. But we will do this right and smart, or not at all.
With your support, by the summer of 2010, we will have a system in place for everyone to make their pledges to support quality Black business; a searchable, reliable, state-of-the-art directory; and tools to help you facilitate your pledge. Your toolkit will also include a local resource you can call on to help you get your EE on everyday! If you want to make a pledge or you want to be in that directory, sign up now!