Celebrating Black Business Month 2023

Every August, Black Business Month invites us to champion the more than 3 million Black-owned businesses across the nation. Black Business Month was created to not only highlight Black-owned businesses in the United States, but to raise awareness of the unique challenges Black entrepreneurs face and to help shape and inform policy decisions that affect these businesses.

Approximately 10 percent of all American businesses are Black-owned. These companies generate more than $200 billion in annual revenue and support 3.56 million U.S. jobs. But Black business owners experience disproportionate hurdles in terms of starting up and successfully turning a profit.

Challenges to obtaining capital are consistently listed as a top concern for Black small business owners. Historically, lending in Black communities has been characterized by discriminatory practices, which can make starting and sustaining a new business exceptionally difficult. Black business owners also often lack community mentorship, networking opportunities and supportive resources compared to non-minority merchants.

Black Business Month helps Black-owned businesses increase awareness, patronage and recognition. As consumers, it is vital that we are intentional in our support of Black-owned businesses not only this month but throughout the year. Support can come in many different forms – from making a purchase to engaging on social media to word-of-mouth referrals.

Here are some notable Black-owned businesses JumpStart currently works with (click on the title of each to learn more):

Blasian Fusion


Capsoul Collective

Cleveland Flower Walls

Cleveland Rugby League

Coco D Luxe Beauty

Concession Stand


Cure Nail Gallery

Dalux Kitchen

Fresh Lyfe

Game Speed Academy

Gourmet Girl Custom Cakes

Hoodie Hook

House of B Jewels

I Am Well Holistic

I Care Healthcare

Islay Cakes

It’s A Wrap

Jb Grill Soulfood

Living Rich

Marshmallow Club of the Month

Mixology Inc.

My Smart Home Ohio


Paws Play

Pearl’s Kitchen

Pleasant Picnic


Sauce The City

Soul Yoga


The Rich Auntie Collection

The Sweet Fix Bakery

Unique’s Passion

Urban Kutz Barbershop

Urbane Vodka

Vitiman Kandie

Yum Village