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Where are the minority-owned businesses in Boulder County?

Where are the minority-owned businesses in Boulder County?


Ja’mal Gilmore of Brooklyn Barber Shop in Yellow Scene’s 2019 DiverCity series.

Updated: May 24, 2023

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

This article has been updated to include the Equity Solutions Boulder County Black-owned businesses directory which recently published.

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. 

There used to be a organization that was keeping a running list, but it is now defunct. However, with this update Travel Boulder has created an article of some of the local black-owned businesses in Boulder County. but it is limited to just 5 businesses. You can find a more comprehensive list of minority-owned businesses through Boulder SBDC (Small Business Development Center).

Minority Business Database

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.

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:

303 Magazine compiled this extensive list of black-owned businesses and organizations in the Denver Metro, but as we can see the majority of the list is just that, Denver.


Black in Denver

Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce

Support Black Owned


Minority Chambers & resources to get involved with:

 Latino Chamber of Boulder County

 Asian Women in Business

 Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance

 Boulder Small Business Development Center-Minority-owned businesses of Boulder County

 Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Minority-owned business database

Resources for the Native American & Indigenous Community

OutBoulder is launching a New LGBTQ business directory for Boulder County

Funding for Black-owned businesses Back Stage Capital


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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