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More than a hashtag: How to support black-owned businesses in NW Ohio and SE Michigan

Turning thoughts and words into action, we have compiled a list of black-owned businesses within our communities that could use your support.

TOLEDO, Ohio — In the wake of #BlackoutTuesday on social media, which featured black squares on timelines to show support for the black community following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some people are wondering what concrete steps can be taken to offer support and solidarity. 

Action can take many forms, such as speaking out against injustice, having an open conversation with people who are not like you, and educating yourself on all that has occurred to bring the nation where it is today. 

RELATED: Millions join 'Blackout Tuesday' social media movement

Taking action can also include making a conscious effort to support local businesses within your community. 

In an effort to make this more than a hashtag, we're putting together a list of businesses that are owned by black men and women within the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area.

This list will continue to grow, and if you have a business to add, please text it and a description of what the business' specialty to 419-248-1100. We'd love to see pictures of the business, too! 

BAKERIES

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BREWERIES/DISTILLERIES

CLEANING SERVICES

EATERIES/FOOD

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BATH AND BODY

BARBERS AND BEAUTY

CAR CARE

CHILD CARE/EDUCATION

CONSTRUCTION/ HOME IMPROVEMENT

FASHION

Credit: J. Adams Customs

FITNESS

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GROCERIES AND CARRYOUTS

  • Village Carryout, 1407 Bernath Parkway

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

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HOUSEWARES 

MEDICAL/HOME CARE

PARTY/WEDDING PLANNERS

PHOTOGRAPHY/ART/DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

PUBLICATIONS

REAL ESTATE

RELIGIOUS

SHOPPING

SOCIAL SERVICES

UNIQUE ITEMS AND GIFTS

For more complete lists and resources, visit the following: 

The Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization of northwest Ohio's Black-owned businesses and corporate partners formed to accelerate economic development and entrepreneurship. 

And business owners, you can permanently add your business and all its information to our Love Local directory. This is completely free and is a resource for our viewers to use to know what businesses are open, and what businesses are hiring. That can be accessed here: wtol.com/lovelocal

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