EDUCATION – EXPOSURE – ECONOMIC IMPACT
WHAT IS THE REAL BLACK FRIDAY?
The Real Black Friday is an initiative created in order to bring awareness and exposure to Black-owned and operated businesses in northeastern Ohio. The purpose is to inform the community of the number and types of Black-owned businesses, while also encouraging individuals to financially support these businesses as consumers. African Americans currently have buying power worth more than $1 .2 trillion dollars, yet we spend little of our money within the context of the Blacked-owned business. Oftentimes, this is due to lack of exposure because the community is unaware of the “who” or “where” of Black-owned businesses. I’ve had the opportunity to speak at various events in and around the great city of Cleveland regarding increasing financial awareness. One of the best ways to improve the financial stability of a city is through increasing the revenue of businesses. Knowing that Blackowned businesses lack exposure and finance, these two areas have been combined for the benefit of demonstrating our collective buying power. All of us must become a part of the solution.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE REAL BLACK FRIDAY?
1. Shop Black Owned Businesses as often as you can
2. Share your experience at these establishments online, via our website or through social media by tagging @TheRealBlackFriday or using hashtag, #TRBF
3. Financial Contributions – Donate online
3rd Annual #TRBFWeekend2016
It’s that time of year again for The Real Black Friday Weekend 2016! This year, we’re changing the game & the City of Cleveland in a unique way. We’re getting the community involved, business owners engaged, and impacting the city in a major way. We’re kicking things off Friday, August 12th and ending the weekend with the Black Business Expo & Taste of Black Cleveland the Summer Edition, which was a huge success this past January. Click the button below to learn more about vendor opportunities, event details and more.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH
TRBF BUSINESS DIRECTORY
The Real Black Friday is a resource for small business owners and the conscious consumer who supports black businesses in our community. We have hundreds of businesses listed here in our directory. Are you a business owner and not listed on the website? Register today – Click here!
The Lynx Card 1.0 is here! The Lynx Card is the card the links the community. It features 19 of some of Cleveland’s favorite black businesses in our city! For just $10 you’ll receive an exclusive discount at any of the participating locations, online or in-store! We’re changing the community one business at a time!