Sacramento, Calif., Website lists black-owned businesses


A formerly private Facebook community page called Black Biz Bag Community and Commerce, launched in 2016, has since gone public and has over 9,000 members, allowing owners and entrepreneurs to connect with new clients and customers.

The Facebook page has since developed into its own website:

Site founder Chris Lodgson is originally from New York City, but after moving to Sacramento, he had a vision to connect black-owned businesses with consumers. He said the new effort is expanding its reach, helping more people connect with black-owned businesses and black events in Sacramento.

“It’s just another way for people to connect with black-owned businesses,” Lodgson said. “It’s really an expansion and I would even call it an evolution of what we’re doing to connect the people of Sacramento to black businesses and events.”

Once the visitors enter the site, they are encouraged to register for free using their email address. Returning users must log in to access the full site.

There are many types of business listings in the online directory, which can be searched by type of business.

It features 875 businesses active in the region in nearly 100 different service categories, including tax services, food, agriculture, salons, barber shops and hair salons.

There are also many professionals, including legal services, doctors, dentists, life coaches and more.

Consumers can locate different businesses through the “#FindABiz” drop-down section and entrepreneurs can feature their business on the website, free of charge, through the “#AddMyBiz” subsection.

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Marcus D. Smith covers black communities for The Sacramento Bee. Marcus is an alumnus of Texas Southern University in Houston. Marcus grew up in Sacramento and is delighted to be back home following his passion for journalism.


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