Buffalo Black Business Month is underway and here is how you can support the initiative. It is a new shopping initiative between the City of Buffalo, M&T Bank, and Buy Black Buffalo. The goal of Buffalo Black Business Month is to help generate revenue and support for black-owned businesses in the City of Buffalo during the month of August. Mayor Byron Brown encourages residents to shop with the Black-owned businesses in their neighborhoods and citywide.
In addition to the shopping initiative, during Buffalo Black Business Month, The Exchange at Beverly Gray is hosting several business-focused events designed to help underrepresented and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color entrepreneurs. Mayor Byron Brown spoke about the importance of the initiative,
Supporting Buffalo’s small businesses has been a priority of mine since day one, and that includes our many Black-owned businesses that continue to enrich our economy and provide for our residents. During Buffalo Black Business month in August, we have the opportunity to further strengthen, support and empower Black business owners during these challenging times, and pave pathways for future Black entrepreneurs. As my administration continues to spearhead initiatives to help Black-owned businesses thrive, I am asking everyone to discover the hundreds of Black-owned businesses in our city that are driving the investment dollars that are needed, now more than ever, and giving everyone a chance to succeed.
You can support by simply shopping at a participating business that is registered with Buy Black Buffalo. In addition, you can receive a shopping stamp card, if you plan on shopping at multiple Black-owned businesses. If you spend a total of $250 ($25 at 10 at participating stores) throughout the month of August, you'll be entered to win special raffles to win prizes. You have until Saturday, August 27, to accumulate enough stickers to reach $250. Raffle prizes include a pair of tickets to the Buffalo Bills home opener or Bills vs. Steelers game, a Bills DE Greg Rousseau signed jersey and other prizes. The names of the raffle winners will be drawn and announced on August 28th at the Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Celebration at the Buffalo Central Terminal.
You can drop off your completed stamp card at the following locations:
• Buffalo City Hall /Room 226 (Drop-off by August 26 / M-F /9 am - 3 pm)
• Elle James Home Décor/1856 Hertel Ave (Drop-off by August 27)
• Sunshine Vegan Eats/893 Jefferson Ave (Drop-off by August 27)
• The Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival /Buffalo Central Terminal (Drop-off by 3 pm/August 28)