Location was essential to an up and coming entrepreneur! Making sure your brick and mortar store was accessible, with ample parking, near heavy traffic. The retail industry now requires an online presence and (if applicable) an in-person experience. E-commerce allows anyone to shop locally and globally from the comfort of home. Having a website was a trend, now it is a standard. The pandemic forced many businesses to pivot sales and service from meeting places to online spaces as a means to connect with customers.
The inability to venture out leaves consumers seeking Black-owned products, scouring the internet and social media to buy home essentials, groceries, and more. I made this simple list of 16 Black-Owned Marketplaces for One-Stop Shopping if you’re not sure where to go to find new Black-owned businesses. These digital marketplaces are online communities making the discovery process simple while fostering a sense of FOR US, BY US support!
The marketplace to buy online modern African home décor, clothing, jewelry, art and accessories straight from the creators (like an African diaspora Etsy).
The AMAKA Marketplace connects you to the latest styles and trends from the best brands found in Africa and across throughout the diaspora.
Blaamazon is a relatively new platform that provides a space for Black and minority-owned brands to connect with Black consumers.
The Black Mall is an e-commerce platform where businesses can promote, sell, and distribute their products.
Black Naps (Natural and Proud Sistas) is online retailer that carries indie black-owned beauty products, styling tools, extensions, and accessories.
Shop here: https://naturalandproud.com/
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