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How do I join the directory?2021-03-16T13:22:01-04:00

Head to ‘Submit Directory Listing‘. Login in as a guest and fill out the preceding form.

What are the requirements to join the directory?2021-03-16T13:27:43-04:00

We welcome black-owned businesses, black-founded nonprofits, professionals, artists, groups, and all in between. You are able to join as long as your organization is 50% run by black-identifying people living in Maine. There is no requirement to be incorporated. We are happy to list you regardless of your organizational structure.

Why is my organization listed in your directory?2021-03-16T13:34:43-04:00

When we first launched we identified your organization as being black-operated. If you are not black-owned, prefer to be unlisted, or need to update your information, please contact us. Include your name, your organization’s name, and any other relevant info.

We would love to collaborate on a project with BOM.2021-03-16T14:56:09-04:00

Please contact us with your idea and we will be in contact if we feel your project aligns with our overall goals.

Can BOM recommend a black business that (insert need here)?2021-03-16T15:00:57-04:00

We recommend that you thoroughly scour our directory before contacting us for recommendations. Our directory is free and public-facing and we encourage you to use it! Alternatively, we do offer paid consulting to businesses that would like to sign the Maine Black Business Pledge but need help finding black businesses that fit their creative offering. Book a consulting appointment via our Acuity calendar.

I represent a media outlet and would like to interview a member of your team.2021-03-16T15:13:43-04:00

Contact us with your name, the organization you are representing, your story idea, and any other relevant information.

My organization would like to highlight BOM in our upcoming newsletter, on social media, on our website, etc. Is this okay?2021-03-16T15:16:23-04:00

You are welcome to advertise BOM through your organization. We do require all copy and logo usage to be approved before launch. Contact us.

I sent you a message using the contact form and have not received a response back. What is going on?2021-03-16T15:18:30-04:00

We are unable to respond to all messages that come our way. Otherwise, expect a reply back in 2-3 weeks if we have never spoken before.

I would never support a business based on the color of someones skin.2021-03-16T15:29:32-04:00

Oh boy. Neither do we. Lucky for you, people who identify as a member black race come in many colors.

Can you promote such and such? (Black-orgs)2021-03-16T14:35:17-04:00

We promote organizations in a variety of different ways. It is not as easy as simply reposting to our social media. We are extremely conscious about the content we create, so it can often take us hours to create a post for social media. (Creating graphics, researching hashtags, tagging appropriate accounts, writing impactful copy with an appropriate call to action, etc). With this being said, we only promote businesses who meet the following requirements:

  1. Free Ads
    1. Be listed in our directory
    2. Have previously developed a relationship with BOM
    3. Are part of a specific BOM campaign
  2. Paid social media and website ads
    1. Available in the sidebar of our website or as featured directory listings
    2. As social media posts on Instagram only

Contact us for more info and a rate sheet.

We offer a separate outreach program for organizations outside of our directory.

Can you promote such and such? (orgs outside of directory)2021-03-16T14:41:23-04:00

We are extremely conscious about the information that we co-promote. With that being said, we are generally unable to explicitly share your organization’s programs and initiatives with our members, unless you meet the following requirements.

  1. Have established a relationship with BOM
  2. Donate to our outreach program
    1. We offer a tier level approach, dependent on the amount of work required on our end
  3. Contact us 3-4 works before your launch date or due date

Contact us for more information, including a donation rate sheet.

Does BOM accept offers for speaking engagements?2021-04-18T20:05:44-04:00

Yes! We are available to discuss speaking engagements if we feel your audience matches our mission. Please fill out this discovery form and we will be in touch within 2 weeks.

Is BOM a nonprofit?2021-03-16T18:13:18-04:00

We are under the fiscal sponsorship of Creative Portland. All donations are tax-deductible using their 501c(3) status. We plan to file for tax-exempt status in 2021.

How can I make a donation?2021-03-16T13:43:33-04:00

Cash donations are accepted online or by check. If gifting via check, please write your check to Creative Portland, with Black Owned Maine in the memo box. Mail to PO Box 690, Saco, Maine, 04072.

Do you accept cryptocurrency donations?2021-03-16T13:45:15-04:00

We are working on it!

I would like to fundraise on your behalf. Can you provide more info?2021-03-16T13:50:12-04:00

We ask that all fundraisers be approved before launching. This includes the approval of copy language, the appropriate use of our logos, and other branding items. BOM will co-promote the fundraiser on our social media channels, newsletter, and website.

How is BOM funded?2021-03-16T14:44:15-04:00

We are funded by individual contributions, peer-to-peer fundraisers, foundations, donor-advised funds, service costs (including advertisements and our outreach program), corporate sponsorships, and bi-annual merchandise sales.

What programs and services do you offer?2021-03-16T14:52:03-04:00

Maine Black Business Directory

Maine Black Business Pledge

BOM Podcast

BOM Family Relief

Workshops*

Maine State Prison Gift Guide*

Speaking Engagements*

Outreach and Advertising*

Consulting*

*Individual pages coming soon*

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