MAINE BLACK BUSINESS PLEDGErose2021-03-31T15:21:45-04:00
MAINE BLACK BUSINESS PLEDGE
Black Owned Maine and Portland Buy Local have come together to create the Maine Black Business Pledge, allowing Maine-based independent businesses and consumers to pledge a portion of their economic power toward Black-owned businesses.
Before you read any further, we invite you to watch our MBBP Info Session video. This video will tell you what the pledge IS and what the pledge is NOT.
The power you have is immense! Imagine a Maine where Black and non-Black business owners had all the same resources, funding, and knowledge. This is where your organization comes in. We have listed a number of different ways to get involved below but we invite you to design an offering relevant to your organization and capacity. If you are having trouble designing your offering, book a consultation and we will walk you through the process.
After signing the pledge head to the BOM directory and find a business/nonprofit/artist/professional to support today!
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Take a look at the facts:
Only 9.2% of businesses in America are owned by Black people, accumulating only 1.3% of sales. (U.S. Census Bureau, Small Business Association, 2012 Study of Business Owners)
Investing in Black Business will create 1 million jobs, with revenues of $187.6 billion, and provide every working Black American with $7,000 a year in income.(Source: Black Demographics; stats will be updated once the new census information is released).
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Clearly, it’s time to close this vast racial wealth gap between Black people and their counterparts – and you can be part of the solution.
Speak up! If you’re unable to find a Black-owned business that fills a need, we want to know! Fill out this form so we can identify where there are gaps in the market. You could inspire an entrepreneur to start a business that will better reflect the needs of the community!
Once you make the pledge, you immediately strengthen our Maine economy and our Maine community in such a profound way, and we can’t wait to see these pledges transform our state! Be sure to SPREAD THE WORD with your pledge (to friends, family, and on social media with the hashtag #BOMPledge) and encourage them to join the movement!