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BlackBusinessPalIn order for black-owned businesses to thrive, they must first be able to reach their target market; unfortunately, many black-owned businesses do not possess a substantial marketing budget to work with.

Just in time to meet this need, BlackBusinessPal has announced that it will be launching an online business directory which will allow minority-owned businesses across  America to receive much-needed exposure. 

CarMarshal is a black-owned digital platform where persons shopping for cars can find the best deals, and are sure to get value for their money.

The online service, founded by Tracey Watts, boasts an inventory of over 100,000 new and used vehicles and dealerships across America, and provide a plethora of options, along with individually-tailored service, for each customer. 

jelani jonesLike many other nine-year-old girls, Jelani Jones balances her academics with church and extra-curricular activities such as dance class. She manages to do so quite well, too, making straight A’s.

When she’s not busy carrying out the duties of a regular nine-year-old girl, though, she is hard at work building an empire. 

newton_owino_black_owned_fish_skin_leather_businessEntrepreneur Newton Owino is a resident of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, known as the “principal city of western Kenya.” His line of business is fashion and accessories, and, like many others in that line of business, he makes bags, shoes, and belts. However, he doesn’t construct these accessories in a conventional manner.

His choice of material? Fish scales, fish skin, and fish innards. 

black-owned-black-businesses-2015-black-business-ownerBlack-owned businesses are popping up everywhere, and as we discover them, we share them with you.

Looking for every-day household items that come from black-owned businesses? Here are four such businesses to add to your buy black list.

mos_bows_nba_bowtiesRemember Moziah “Mo” Bridges, the little guy with the big fashion sense? the young entrepreneur, who appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank when he was just 12 years old to promote his company Mo’s Bows, is now 15, and making even bigger moves than before. 

Ibuyblack cardLast week, black business owners in Philadelphia gathered to launch a discount card aimed at encouraging members of the community to spend their money  at local Black-owned businesses, as reported by NewsOne.

With the new iBuyBlack card, which costs just $10, shoppers receive as much as a 15% discount off purchases at participating black-owned businesses. Currently, about 80 companies are participating in the program, which is supported by a wider coalition that includes local elected officials. 

patricia_wilson-smith_tavonia_evans_founders_safe2meetSafe2MeetMe, an Atlanta-based company, has recently announced the introduction of what has been described as “the world’s first peer-to-peer identity verification and background check platform.” The company’s operations are spearheaded by  founder and CEO Patricia Wilson-Smith, and co-founder Tavonia Evans, two African American technology professionals who jointly came up with the concept for the company a few years ago.