Visit Baltimore publishes directory of black-owned businesses

DOLLARS. AS LISA ROBINSON REPORTS, VISIT BALTIMORE HAS SET UP A BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY JUST IN TIME FOR THE EVENT. >> I OWN A STATIONARY MANUFACTURING BUSINESS. WE REIK LE BUILD A BEAR BUT FOR REVIEWS AND PLANNERS. LISA: SHE OWNS THIS BOOKSTORE. AND STARTING A BUSINESS – AND BEING LISTED IN THE BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY WILL HELP HIS BUSINESS. >> WITHOUT THIS, PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT A PERSON OF COLOR RSUN IS A STATIONERY MANUFACTURING COMPANY OR A CHSU COMPANY LIKE THIS, SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU CAN NDFI COMMUNITY. TO BE LISTED SOMEWHERE PEOPLE WHO LIKE YOU, WHO CAN BE INSPIRED BY YOU, BY WHOM YOU CAN BE INSPIRED. LISA: VISIT BALTIMOREONE, CIA PARTNERS A, DIAL DIRECTORY. >> WE WILL BE WELCOMING VISITORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MAINLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN, AND WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES IN BALTIMORE. SO WE HAVE CREATED THIS BRAND NEW DIRECTORY. — IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES. REPOER: RT INSIDE YOU’LL FIND RESTAURANTS AND MORE. >> THE REALITY IS THAT COVID HAS NOT HELPED THESE SMALL BUSINESSES. BALTIMORE IS A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK CITY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROMOTE THESE BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES, SHOW THEIR SUPPORT. THEY DO GREAT WORK RE IN BALTIMORE. LISA: ERICA BENTLEY OWNS KEEPERS VILLAGE AND HAMPTON. SHE IS EXCITED TO GET SUPPORT FROM VISIT BALTIMORE. >> OFTEN I FIND PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WHITE BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT. DAN IT’S AMAZING TO BE PART OF A CATALOG THAT THEY CAN FIND YOU INSTANTLY. IT’S AMAZING. LISA: YOU CAN FIND THE DIRECTORY ONLINE OR GET THIS HARD COPY AT THE CONVENTION CENTER OR ANY TERM AT THE HOTEL

Visit Baltimore’s New Directory of Black-Owned Businesses Ready in Time for the CIAA Tournament

Visit Baltimore has assembled a new directory of Black-owned businesses just in time for an upcoming college basketball tournament in town.| PDF: Visit Baltimore’s Directory of Black-Owned BusinessesThe Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament is coming to Baltimore next week. The association of 12 historically black colleges and universities has chosen Baltimore for its tournament, and the economic impact for the city could reach $50 million. Alisa Brock, owner of the Drama MaMa bookstore in Federal Hill, said being listed in the Black-The business directory she owns will help her business tremendously. “I’m a stationery manufacturing company. We’re kind of like a ‘Build a Bear,’ but for journals, notebooks, and planners,” Brock said. “Without (the directory), a lot of people might not know that we exist or that a person of color runs a stationery manufacturing business or a business like that. So knowing where to find the community, to be listed somewhere where people like you can be inspired by you, who you can be inspired by.” Visit Baltimore, one of CIAA’s partners, put together the directory.| LINK: Buy CIAA Tournament Tickets “We’re going to have hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the country, mostly African Americans, and we thought it would be a good time to celebrate our Black-owned businesses in Baltimore , and created this brand new directory for us,” said Al Hutchinson, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore. The directory lists retail stores, transportation companies, restaurants and more.” (The) reality is that COVID hasn’t helped many of these small businesses, No. 1. No. 2, Baltimore is a city to predominantly black, and we want to make sure that we promote these black-owned businesses, show them that we support that they’re doing a great job here in Baltimore,” Hutchinson said. Erica Bentley, owner of Keepers Vintage in Hampden, said she was delighted to get support from Visit Baltimore. “A lot of times I find people are looking for black-owned businesses to support and it’s amazing to just be part of the catalog where they can find (us) instantly. It’s amazing,” Bentl said. Visitors can get a hard copy of the directory at the Baltimore Convention Center, at any of the 12 tournament hotels or at the Visit Baltimore center.

Visit Baltimore has assembled a new directory of Black-owned businesses just in time for a college basketball tournament coming to town.

| PDF: Visit Baltimore’s Directory of Black-Owned Businesses

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament will take place in Baltimore next week. The association of 12 historically black colleges and universities has chosen Baltimore for its tournament, and the economic impact for the city could reach $50 million.

Alisa Brock, owner of the Drama MaMa bookstore in Federal Hill, said her listing in the Black-Owned Business Directory will help her business tremendously.

“I’m a stationery manufacturing company. We’re kind of like a ‘Build a Bear,’ but for journals, notebooks, and planners,” Brock said. “Without (the directory), a lot of people might not know that we exist or that a person of color runs a stationery manufacturing business or a business like that. So knowing where to find the community, to be listed somewhere where people like you can be inspired by you, who you can be inspired by.”

Visit Baltimore, one of CIAA’s partners, put together the directory.

| LINK: Buy tickets for the CIAA tournament

“We’re going to have hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country, mostly African Americans, and we thought it would be a great time to celebrate our Black-owned businesses in Baltimore, and so we created this brand new directory,” said Al Hutchinson, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore.

The directory lists retail stores, transportation companies, restaurants and more.

“(The) reality is that COVID hasn’t helped a lot of these small businesses, #1. #2, Baltimore is a predominantly black city, and we want to make sure we promote these black-owned businesses, their showing support for them is doing a great job here in Baltimore,” Hutchinson said.

Erica Bentley, owner of Keepers Vintage in Hampden, said she was delighted to have support from Visit Baltimore.

“A lot of times I find people are looking for black-owned businesses to support and it’s amazing to just be part of the catalog where they can find (us) instantly. It’s amazing,” Bentley said.

Visitors can obtain a hard copy of the directory at the Baltimore Convention Center, at any of the 12 tournament hotels or at the Visit Baltimore center.

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