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Mime for a Cause

This year, the Mime for a Cause initiative is to bring awareness to the importance of the creation, support, and promotion of black businesses. Mime for a Cause will be streamed live this year, April 10th, on all platforms; bringing mimes from across the nation together to uplift the kingdom and the community.​

Click the link below to register your black-owned business and/or to find a business in this national directory

Why Support Black Business?

  • 1. Community Builder

    "Many black entrepreneurs start businesses inspired by the richness of African American culture itself" (Green America). Often times, black owned businesses serve a need for the community: hair, make up artists, children's toys, etc. When we invest in business that value the communties specific needs, we foster a sense of pride in the company, community, and products. The saying "it takes a village to raise a child," rings true even in the business forum. It takes the community support of blooming black owned businesses; in order to build up or communities. 

  • 2. Close the Racial Wealth Gap

    According to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in 2019, the median family wealth for white families were $188,200 and only $24,100 for median family wealth of black families. It is projected that the median wealth income for black families will be zero by 2053. Why such a big difference? The racial wealth gap can be traced back to Jim Crow era legislation; such as, red lining and job discrimination. Supporting black-owned businesses gives entrepreneurs and business owners an opportunity to create generational wealth, own property, build credit, and so much more.

  • 3. Fosters Job Creation

    "Many African American business owners fund their own businesses due to the lack of capital mentioned earlier. This means that most Black-owned businesses are sole proprietorships that don’t make enough money to pay employees. 2012 US census data showed that Black-owned businesses created 1 million jobs compared to white-owned businesses which created almost 56 million.

    In 2018, the unemployment rate for African Americans fell to 6.6 percent, which was almost double that for white Americans and higher for other minority groups. Since Black-owned small businesses are likely to hire from the local community, supporting them can foster the job opportunities people need to achieve financial stability." (Green America)

  • 4. Empower Local Communities

    "When small businesses flourish, so do their communities. But banks often hinder that prosperity by discriminating against African American and other entrepreneurs of color seeking small business loans. A 2017 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition actually found that banks were twice as likely to provide business loans to white applicants than Black ones and three times as likely to have follow-up meetings with white applicants than more qualified Black ones.

    If consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the entire US economy, imagine what directing some of that spending power to Black-owned businesses across the country can do. 48 percent of small business purchases are recirculated locally compared to only 14 percent of what’s circulated by chain stores. Supporting Black-owned businesses in turn supports families, employees, and other business owners, as well as attracts community investors who provide banking services, loans, and promote financial literacy--all things that build economic strength." (Green America)

Beyond Supporting Black Businesses, we must...

  •  circulate our money in the black community. African Americans have a 1.1 trillion dollar buying power.

  • hold on to the dollar longer to reinvest it into the community to build more long-term wealth

  •  make it more than a trend. It is more than a black out day or black history month, it is a movement.

  • create and invest in a broad spectrum of black entrepreneurs and businesses in the communities

  • creatively share our resources

  • reach back and lift up our communities by creating youth centers, supporting those less fortunate, creating allyship with other minority groups, investing in our education systems, and so much more.

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