Celebrating Black Business Month

Every August, celebrating Black Business Month gives us a chance to acknowledge all that Black businesses contribute to our communities and our world.

The History

Historically, the first African American/Black-Owned Business in the US dates back to 1881 with E.E. Ward Moving & Storage. However, Black Business Month wasn't recognized until 2004, thanks to the historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. The idea behind the month’s creation was to present an opportunity to “drive policy agenda… supporting Black-Owned Business”, and has grown to include a call to patronize Black and African American businesses.

The Present

Primarily, we know that economically empowering and sustaining communities begins with small businesses. Moreover, we recognize that small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods. At Business Impact NW, we believe business ownership allows people to build wealth and create a living wage for themselves while supporting their families and communities. Yet, Black-owned small businesses account for only about 2 million of the over 30 million small businesses in the United States. In other words, there is much more opportunity to be had.

Into the Future

At Business impact NW are proud to continually support Black and African American small business owners. From free classes, to one-on-one coaching, business trainings, and funding opportunities - we are proud to provide these essentials for any aspiring or growing entrepreneur.

With this in mind, as we celebrate the ingenuity and imagination of Black Business owners this month, we invite you to support the Black-owned businesses in your community with your dollars in August and throughout the year.

To learn more about Black Business Month, follow this link and find more resources here.

To learn about the first African American/Black Business in the United States, follow this link here.

About the author

Alyssa Pizarro Head Shot, Corporate Giving Officer, Business Impact NW Development Department
Alyssa Pizarro
Strategic Partner & Diversity Officer at Business Impact NW

Alyssa Pizarro is the Strategic Partner & Diversity Officer at Business Impact NW. Alyssa is responsible for the organization’s relationships and diversity focus. Before this, Alyssa served as the Corporate Giving Officer at Business Impact NW for a year and a half. Alyssa’s previous nonprofit experience was in the Development Department at Yoga Behind Bars, from career beginnings as a 10-year fashion sales manager and director in New York before moving to Seattle in 2013. Alyssa has combined her passion for social justice and community engagement with her corporate experience to culminate in her current role at Business Impact NW. She completed one year of her MBA at Northeastern University and has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, with a double major in Anthropology & Women’s Studies. Alyssa is also a yoga instructor, a pup-mom, a forever-learner, and a fair-weather jogger.

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