03/15/2022

Genius Black's Departure

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We are excited to announce a new chapter for Genius Black! We are humbled to announce that Genius Black will be leaving Black Owned Maine imminently, and working full time on his business initiatives. Genius will continue in his activism…
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03/10/2022

March Business Newsletter

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Did you miss the March 2021 BOM Black business newsletter? We discuss our business start up fund, upcoming events, and the launch of our redesigned website. https://mailchi.mp/blackownedmaine/business-start-up-funds
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03/07/2022

Business Start-up Fund Open

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Black Owned Maine is proud to launch start-up funding for Maine-based, Black businesses, nonprofits, and artists new to monetization. Applicants must be within their first two years of business. Awards will not exceed $1,000 and applicants must have an annual…
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Press, 02/03/2022

News Center Maine

Black Owned Maine launches gift guide with holiday ideas

MAINE, Maine — When the world erupted in protest around the murder of George Floyd, Rose Barboza knew she wanted to do something. As a single mom with COVID concerns, she was reluctant to take to the streets and join in the protests. So, she created a nonprofit called Black Owned Maine with the idea of raising awareness about Black-owned businesses so that people can support these businesses throughout the state. She recognized that there was no public list or directory of these businesses. 

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Press, 01/19/2022

News Center Maine

Black Owned Maine giving away $13,000 to those in need

This marks the fourth time that the nonprofit has given out financial relief to families and people who need it during the pandemic.

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01/18/2022

Skye's Fitness

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When you’re an active 18-year-old, the last thing you want to hear is that you’ll never be able to play sports again. Well, that’s just what Skye Washington was told by a doctor after she tore her ACL during a…
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Press, 12/20/2021

News Center Maine

Black Owned Maine showcases new Portland hair school

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has a shortage of stylists who know how to work on and style hair for Black women, men, and children. Rafiki Shop in Portland aims to change that.

The staff hopes to boost the number of stylists able to work with Black hair and bring more Black-owned businesses to our state.

So on a snowy Saturday night in Portland, dozens of people came to a Black hair show...

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12/14/2021

ListedB

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When Roydon Jeffrey moved to Maine, he couldn’t find the right barber. Being a Black man, it took him six weeks of looking, searching online, and asking around until he found a barber who knew how to handle his type…
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11/27/2021, Business Spotlight

Fred's Fried Dough

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Kyle “Fred” McNair was in Portland’s Old Port when an idea hit him. It was around closing time for many bars and he saw a line out the door for Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Seeing that line, he realized two things: one, Five Guys was making quite a bit of money staying open late, and two, that there obviously weren’t many late-night options for food in Portland. So what did he decide to do? Start a fried dough cart, of course.
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Press, 02/02/2021

Bowdoin Athletics

Celebrating Black History at Bowdoin: Track Teams "Bear the Torch" For Black Owned Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine - In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020, head women's track and field coach L.J. Que along with students Claire Traum '21, Gillian King '22, and Jada Scotland '23 approached Jerry Edwards '04 and Rose Barboza of Black Owned Maine...

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