Celebrating National Black Business Month

Join the City of Cambridge in celebrating National Black Business Month in August to recognize the importance of Black and Brown businesses to local communities and to the national economy.  The kick-off to this event was held in Harvard Square at Oggi Gourmet,  featuring wonderful food from our hospitable host, Steve Welch.  The month will conclude with a special evening honoring the late Ifeayni Menkiti,  poet and owner of Grolier Poetry Book Shop, on August 27.

Events, workshops, and networking opportunities will be held throughout the month to provide resources to small businesses owners and entrepreneurs. Community members may join the celebration by supporting Black-owned businesses and other entrepreneurs this month and beyond.

“Black-owned businesses are an essential part of the Cambridge community, and the City has a long history of providing support to foster an environment for women and BIPOC-owned businesses to thrive in Cambridge,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “During National Black Business Month, we are excited to raise awareness of Black entrepreneurs and their impact in our local economy.”

“We are proud to recognize local Black-owned businesses and their contributions as we celebrate Black Business Month,” said Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. “You can learn more about these businesses in the City’s newly expanded Cambridge Business Diversity Directory.”

National Black Business Month will include the following city-sponsored events. In addition to City events, Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network (in partnership between the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Cambridge Local First, and Sustainable Business Network) and Central Square’s Starlight Square will host events supporting and promoting Black business in Cambridge.

For more information about Black Business Month, please visit:  https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/News/detail.aspx?path=/sitecore/content/home/cdd/news/2021/8/joincambridgeincelebratingnationalblackbusinessmonth