Published on: June 9th, 2020
Ja’mal Gilmore of Brooklyn Barber Shop in Yellow Scene’s 2019 DiverCity series.
We were asked to create a list of black-owned businesses in Boulder County. We actually began working on this more than 6 weeks ago prior to being asked.
The problem is, there is a small handful of black-owned businesses in Boulder County that we are aware of. After speaking to a few of them, we are not sure all of them want to focus on this and we won’t publish their name in a list without their approval.
This begs the question; why we do not have more black-owned business owners in the area? Why they don’t always feel comfortable highlighting their skin color in Boulder County?
So we set our sites on making a list of all IBPOC owned-businesses. This expands the pool into our Hispanic, Native, Asian as well as Black business owners. Now this list grows to well over 500. This is a large list to compile with Minority-owned businesses in our region and will take more than a day or two for our full-time staff of to compile, as we need to call each one to give us the okay to be listed.
In the meantime, we are able to bring you these resources for supporting local minority-owned businesses.
We are glad to see Equity Solutions, a black-owned organization, compiling a state-wide Database of Black-owned businesses. We wish it was easier to give you the list here in Boulder County, but there are challenges in making this list for us.
From the Stealth Projects website:
We are building a list of Colorado Based businesses owned or managed by Black folks. This list in being curated by Equity Solutions which is owned by a Black person as well. We are collecting this data so that we can better connect with each other and that individuals and organizations that are in Colorado can better support our community.
(If you have already filled out the Boulder County Google Sheet earlier you don’t need to do this one as well. Thank you!) If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the Stealth Project, or to include your business click here.
Other resources for supporting Boulder County & State-wide Minority-owned businesses:
Minority Chambers & resources to get involved with: