CHICAGO — The city is encouraging Chicagoans to shop at Black-owned businesses this Black Friday.
The city is partnering with the Chicago Urban League on the project, called Black Shop Friday, which will encourage people to buy online from retail stores or get to-go orders from restaurants owned by Black entrepreneurs Nov. 27.
An online directory of more than 500 Black-owned businesses in Chicago will be available starting Nov. 24 at BlackShopFriday.com. It will be updated so shoppers can keep checking it and supporting Black-owned businesses during the holiday season.
“This inspiring partnership allows Chicagoans to discover the hundreds of Black-owned businesses in our city, driving the investment dollars that are needed now more than ever, and giving everyone a chance to make this new shopping holiday a huge success,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a news release.
Many businesses have been struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Black entrepreneurs have faced roadblocks — like having less access to capital — that have made it harder to succeed for long before COVID-19.
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