Press, 07/03/2024


Culture + Leadership: BOM's Inaugural Networking Event


Rose Barboza
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (207) 849-0008

Join Black Owned Maine for a Night of Celebration, Education, and Networking!

Portland, Maine – Black Owned Maine (BOM) invites you to a vibrant evening of Black-focused celebration, education, and networking, dedicated to fostering the growth and success of the Black entrepreneurial community.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, July 16
  • Time: 5:30 to 8 PM
  • Location: Cloudport Multispace, 63 Federal St Portland, ME

This exclusive event features a distinguished guest speaker who will share their insights on building a strong company culture and empowering the Black community. The evening's ambiance will be set by Angolan artist DJ Gerson, who will provide a soundtrack of soft amapiano and Afro/Hip-hop lo-fi beats, perfect for mingling and networking.

Attendees can look forward to a selection of food and beverages, including both alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. The event is an opportunity to dress to impress, with a photographer and videographer on hand to capture the evening's moments and offer professional headshots.

For those eager to voice their thoughts on Black empowerment, our staff will be available to record your insights.

This event is ONLY for Black entrepreneurs currently in the BOM network and those who are eligible to join now or in the future. If you are unsure if this event is for you, please reach out to us at the contact info below.

RSVP: Eventbrite

About Black Owned Maine

Black Owned Maine (BOM) is a dynamic Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit organization based in Portland, Maine. Founded in June 2020, BOM operates at the intersection of race and socioeconomics, driven by a commitment to business education and advocacy. BOM provides Black businesses with the critical support they need to thrive and grow, fostering an ecosystem that empowers Black entrepreneurs with the tools and resources necessary for success. Our mission is to sustain and innovate an ecosystem of Black entrepreneurs in Maine. Our vision is a world where Black entrepreneurs have the same access to business resources as their non-Black counterparts.

Join us to make this vision a reality and build a stronger Black entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maine!


Press, 07/25/2023

Maine Public

The rise in Black-owned businesses in Maine and how to support them

Attention to social justice for Black Americans grew in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. While some people took to the streets and joined protests, others focused on supporting Black-owned businesses. In Maine, this spirit fueled the formation of Black Owned Maine, which promotes Black business owners and their products and services. We talk with some of these entrepreneurs—and what it means to support their work. This show is part of our yearlong series on the changing face of Maine.


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Help BOM Raise $250k

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Good evening, Tomorrow marks Black Owned Maine’s 3rd Giving Tuesday and what makes for BOM’s 2.5-year anniversary. What started as a project in June 2020 has turned into a life-changing endeavor. We are in deep gratitude for the support of…
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11/28/2022, BOM Through Time

BOM Appoints New Board

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Thank you to everyone that applied for the Black Owned Maine Board of Directors. We are pleased to announce that four new directors have joined us. Check out our Staff + Board page for more info.
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We have teamed up again with Amjambo Africa! to curate a 2022 Black-owned holiday gift guide. We welcome all product-based businesses to apply with a limited section available for service-based businesses that sell gift cards. Deadline to submit is Monday, October…
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Bear the Torch - Fundraiser

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Bowdoin Cross Country and Track and Field are teaming up with Black Owned Maine to 'Bear the Torch'! This match-per-mile fundraising event will occur July 28th through August 4th. Through work centered on business education, marketing, and community building Black Owned Maine (BOM) aims to…
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Episode 4 - Grant Writing for For-Profit Businesses: Genius Black and Rose Barboza discuss applicable skills and knowledge for grant writing. Based on feedback from the first One Maine Group pilot cohort, they are offering basic, technical grant-writing advice and specific sources for For-Profit grants in Maine. They cover the general approach to writing a grant, how to understand the application process, and the importance of clarity - over 'fanciness'. They dig into the need to communicate both emotionally and qualitatively. Then they focus on state-oriented grants and outline a series of grant-giving organizations throughout Maine. They cover the Maine DECD, MTI, CEI, and some of the funds coming into Maine to support after COVID-19 have negatively impacted many businesses.
Black Owned Maine Podcast

One Maine Group: The Resources

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