The archetypical idea of a hearth encompasses BOM’s central mission of support. The warm, nurturing space, in front of a fire is where family, friends, and partners meet to rest, recharge, and connect. BOM exists to create that space and consideration for black people in Maine.

Anti-Racist Economics

Black Owned Maine understands how deeply racism is embedded into economic practices and recognizes how that harms Black communities. We work to disrupt those patterns of racism in order to open greater stability, opportunities, and growth for Black people.

Black businesses play an important role in providing essential, culturally relevant services and goods, and supporting Black-owned businesses also help members of our community have greater freedom and autonomy in their own lives.

Collective Grassroots Education

Black Owned Maine is increasing awareness of institutional racism throughout Maine, and offering solutions to counteract it. Often innocuous-sounding language, policies, and laws continue to perpetuate racism in Maine—but go unchecked due to a false sense that a small Black population doesn’t matter. BOM is doing this work through social media, speaking engagements, and consultations.

Our Story

Black Owned Maine was born during the policy brutality uprisings of 2020. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Rose Barboza Rose Barboza wanted to find a way for people to protest inside their homes. The Black Owned Maine business directory was born. She called upon her long-time friend Genius Black Genius Black to help promote this project, which immediately went viral.

Our goals include rebranding Maine as a warm, inviting home to black entrepreneurs, land and home owners, tourists, and cultural influencers.

What have we accomplished?

“BOM came through when I needed them to most. They made me feel a part of the community I’ve been searching for since I moved here and when I was having a rough time, they showed me support.”

Case Studies

Coming soon.