Businesses are run by all kinds of people, and if you like or respect the people who are running a business, you’ll be more likely to head to them when you need a product or service. In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at how you can support a black owned business in various ways.
The simplest way to support a black owned business is to do business with them. Your money will help the business grow and flourish, but you also have other options. These options include volunteering at the business, spreading the word about them, and much more.
Since there are so many ways you can support a black owned business (and so many reasons to do so), we’re going to expand on the methods and points that we already mentioned. We’ll also take a more detailed look at what you can do for the business that you want to support.
How to Support Black Owned Businesses
In the strictest sense, a black owned business is a business that is owned and operated by black people. We’ve already discussed how the lines can become blurred when a company is public and when it has executive management, but those are topics for another day.
Shopping at the Business
Once you’ve found a black owned business that you want to support, you may be wondering what you can do to show that you’re supporting them. Whether it’s a business that’s just starting up or one that’s been around for ages, the best way to support them is to become a loyal customer.
Showing support for a business is a matter of shopping with them because you want that business to have your money and to grow. Remember that your dollar is your number-one form of support for a company, which is why you should shop at businesses that follow business practices that you like.
Many customers will decry what a business does but keep shopping at them, and we can guarantee that your money means more to a business than your criticism. The same is true in reverse, so if you want to support a business as efficiently as possible, you’ll need to show them that you care by bringing them business.
Letting Your Friends Know
Keep in mind that there are more ways to bring a company business and support than just being a loyal customer yourself. While you’ll have the greatest degree of control over your own purchasing habits, you can also influence the people around you and show them how to shop black owned.
If there’s a business that you particularly like, one of the best ways to help them is to be one of their most vocal fans. Tell your friends about this new business and everything that you love about them, and they may be willing to shop there instead of at their usual stores.
Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to mention whether or not a store is within your friend’s price range before you recommend that they shop there. No matter how much someone is willing to support a black owned business, they probably won’t do so if money is tight and they can find cheaper prices elsewhere.
If this sounds a little too unsure and indirect, there are other things that you can do to support your favorite black owned business. For example, if a business needs help with something, you can provide them with your own professional services at a discount. For example, if you’re a painter, you can offer to paint their business for a good price.
You can even offer to volunteer at your favorite black owned businesses on specific days when you feel like you want to offer someone else your time. You don’t have to volunteer at the business every day, but helping them out from time to time will surely show them how much you appreciate their work.
Deciding how you want to support a black owned business is entirely up to you. If you have a surplus of money and not time, then you may wish to make an investment in the business to help them grow. If you have a surplus of time, on the other hand, then you may be better off volunteering for the business.
Either way, showing your support for a business will likely be appreciated, and you may even get something out of it for yourself. If a business owner likes you, they may provide you with discounts and loyalty bonuses.