In honor of Juneteenth, now celebrated as a state holiday in Virginia, Think. Shop. Buy. Local encourages you to honor the day by supporting one of the many Black owned businesses in throughout the Richmond region on both June 19th, and throughout the year.
Supporting Black-owned businesses in Richmond has never been easier. In 2019, Richmond Region Tourism launched BLK RVA, a collaboration with more than 20 community leaders in celebration of the Black cultural experience in the region. On their website, visitors will find shopping and dining directories, interviews with community leaders, as well as historical and cultural guides and highlights.
Both now, and during non-pandemic times, Black-owned businesses tend to be fully self-funded due to reduced or non-existent access to capital which in turn, means that the owners tend to self-staff their business.
By supporting Black-owned businesses, it enables these businesses to hire additional staff which creates jobs within the community and serves to strengthen the economic health of the entire city, after all, a rising tide lifts all boats. The reasons to support local businesses are just as important, if not more so, when it comes to supporting Black-owned businesses – which often fill a void in the Black community in terms of product or location.
Learn more on Richmond's long history of Black entrepreneurship here.