Black Business Directories

A List Black Business Directories, Marketplaces, Lists and Directory Apps

Updated September 5th, 2021

Many readers want to know how they can help support Black Businesses. BEBN has collected all the known Black Business directories, websites and apps in one place.

There are 2.6 million Black business according to the 2015 census. They employ over 2.2 million people. The coronavirus has shut more than 40% of Black businesses as of April 2020, according to news reports. Protests have spot lighted the economic injustice faced by Blacks in the US.

If you want to help Black business; you must buy from Black business. To help find Black business near you, we have compiled a list of Black Business Directories.

The following websites are for general Black business listings. They may or may not be verified as Black owned and the entry may not be up to date. We do check each directory for basic information in several categories: Restaurants, Bakeries, Hair Care Products, Beauty Salon, Accountants and Web Design, but the real test is finding a Plumber.

Black Business Directories

NameLocation
I am Black Business (7000 Listings — Estimated)National
My Black Receipt (5200 Listings)National
Rebuild Black Businesses (12,000 Listings — Estimated)National
The Nile List (2400 Listings)National
Shoppe BlackNational
SBO — Support Black OwnedNational
Official Black Wall StreetNational
National Back GuidesNational
We Buy Black – Online MallNational
Buy Black 365National
IzaniaNational
Black WalletNational
M4BL / Backing Black BusinessNational
Black Business ListNational
Black DirectoryNational
Urban ClickNational
Black GoodNational
BLocal SearchNational
Curated EqualNational
SpendefyNational
Black PagesNational
RankTribe (8000 Listings) [May contain non Black businesses]National
Black Owned Association (1600+)National
South Florida Black Business DirectorySouth Florida
Black Mall   Chicago
Black Pages InternationalChicago
Black Trade LinesLos Angles
Houston Black PagesHouston, TX
Delaware Black GuideDelaware
CT Black-Owned Business GuideConnecticut
Black Owned MaineMaine
My Atlanta Black PagesAtlanta, GA
Metro Atlanta BlackAtlanta, GA
Virginia Black Business DirectoryVirginia
Afro Philly Black DirectoryPhiladelphia, PA
Black Business Directory / Beach Community ServicesPhiladelphia, PA
For The Culture STLSt. Louis, Mo
VA Black Business DirectoryVirginia
New York City BlackNew York, NY
Black Owned Business Rochester (1000+ Listing)Rochester, NY
MercatusPortland
Uplift SavannahSavanah, GA
Black Owned Business of PaducahPaducah, KY
blkLSTedBirmingham, AL
Green Book of Tampa Bay (500+)Tampa Bay
Black Business San AntonioSan Antonio
Boston Black Business GuideBoston
Black Lives Matter Seattle Local Black BusinessesSeattle
Buy Black KCKansas City, MO
Buy Black BuffaloBuffalo, NY
Black Capital WaterlooWaterloo IA
Black Businesses in AustinAustin TX
Blackout CoalitionColumbus, OH
Memphis Black Business Directory (600+)Memphis, TN
Black on the MapCharlotte, NC
Black Owned TorontoToronto, ON, CA
ByBlack (3300)Canada
Black in BusinessUK
Black Bronze Business DirectoryUK

When you put together a list like this, you get lots of interesting information about Black businesses.

  • The top categories are: Health & Beauty, Restaurants and Clothing.
  • Our favorite is the Paducah directory. If the people in Paducah, Il, can create a Black Business group on Facebook then anyone can do it.
  • We also like Shoppe Black which comes out with curated category lists every month featuring products sold by Black businesses. During the height of the pandemic, they had a list Black owned face mask companies. Very useful.

Finally, if you want to see how good the lists are then try and look for a big dollar, hard to find category like: Cars, Furniture or Home Repair. Our favorite category to test a directory is “Plumbers”. It can be really tough find someone Black, but we found one in Mt. Vernon, NY.

 

General Lists of Black Businesses

Selective Lists (Curated)

In the Selective lists category, Beyonce’s list is hard to beat. It has a lot of vendors already.

NameType or Category
Black Parade RouteBeyonce
Shoppe BlackCustomized Black business lists in many categories
Black Owned EverythingCurated
Black Owned BrooklynBrooklyn
NY MagazineNew York City
Afro Bella Black Business DirectoryNational
Experience Black HarlemHarlem
Curious UptownerBlack Businesses in Harlem
Forbes MagazineNational
Bold XChangeCurated
Buy From a Black WomanBlack Women Business
Etsy — Gifts from Black Owned BusinessesEtsy

Black Restaurant Lists

NameLocation
EatOkraNational (App)
Hungry Hungry HookerGood List of List compiled from Instagram — National by City
Bon AppetitThe best list of Black Restaurant Lists — National by City
Black Owned RestaurantsBay Area, CA
Black Owned Restaurants (SF Chronicle)Bay Area, CA
In support of Black Owned Eateries (1000 Listings)OC, Seattle, Portland, LA, NYC, NJ, Boston, Bay Area
Spicy Green Book (200 Listings)National
Blackout CoalitionColumbus, OH

Black Marketplaces

NameProducts
We Buy BlackHousehold Products, Health and Beauty
Our BOM (Black Owned Market)Beauty
BLK + GRN (Black and Green)Beauty(Green)

Non Black websites with Black Business Lists

Black Owned BusinessesETSY

Black Business Directory Apps

ApplicationDescription
EatOkraRestaurants
BAOBOBBay Area Black Businesses
Melanoid ExchangeOnline Shopping Mall
BlackCoinBlack Spending App
Black NationFind Black Businesses
KHARIS ConnectBlack Business Directory App
RankTribeBlack Business Directory App

Old / Expired / Under Construction / Unverified / Non-Black

These directories are no longer active or could not be verified

NameLocation
http://www.sflblackbusinessdirectory.com/South Florida
Maggie’s ListChicago
US African American Business DirectoryNY
Black Trade LinesNational
http://www.blackownedbiz.com/National
Buy Black 365 — Expired. Facebook ?National
M4BL / Backing Black Business — Not maintainedNational
Where U Came From – Not maintained. May contain non Black businessesNational
Buying Black — ExpiredColumbus, OH

Black Trade and Industry Group

NameProducts
Black Chambers of CommerceBusiness
National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD)Hotels
American Economics AssociationEconomics
National Dental AssociationDentists
National Association of Real Estate DevelopersReal Estate Agents
National Bar AssociationLawyers
Physicians
National Association of Black AccountantsAccountants
National Black MBA AssociationMBAs
National Society of Black EngineersEngineers

Business Opportunity

When my parents grew up, they had the “Green Book” which listed where to stay in the South. It was a matter of life or death. When I grew up, we had “Black Guides” for all the major cities. Now there is no comprehensive national list.

One business opportunity would be to create a national Black business directory in a standard format. The website would be supported using Banner ads from non-minority businesses.

The key is marketing and promotion to establish a dominant US brand in the mind of Black consumers. You want to be the “go to” website and app to locate Black businesses.