August marked National Black-Owned Business Month--a time dedicated to highlighting and appreciating Black-owned businesses across the nation and all that they represent in the country’s small business community and economy.
Miami-Dade County is ranked 5th in the nation for the largest number of Black-owned employer businesses, and Miami's Black consumer market is valued at $5.5 billion dollars, making it the 14th largest in the nation.
Our Black-Owned Businesses are a pillar in our community.
In Miami-Dade County, we’ve celebrated our Black-owned businesses all month long. To begin, County Commissioner Kionne McGhee (District 9) sponsored an ordinance declaring August Black Business Month in Miami-Dade County. This bold declaration ignited Support BOB 305, a month-long initiative to promote and propel the Black-owned enterprises that generate more than $2.3 billion for our local economy and employ more than 12,000 people. Learn more about Support BOB305 here.
Throughout the month the County hosted a variety of events, like the Black Pepper Food and Wine Festival, the Miami-Dade County’s “Support BOB 305 Display” unveiling, and others to create opportunities to learn about and support Black- Owned Businesses. Local government officials, community leaders and venture capitalists were encouraged to focus efforts on supporting Black-owned businesses and worked with business owners to create events for Black business owners to discuss pressing topics in business ownership such as growing your business, financial empowerment and property ownership.
National Black Business Month was created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. to bring attention to the needs of more than two million Black-owned businesses operating across America. In Miami-Dade County, we are committed to celebrating Black Owned Businesses throughout the month of August and beyond. On LaborMiami.org we connect Black business owners to a wide array of support and resources, click here to learn more about how LaborMiami.org is empowering Miami’s Black small business community.