NBBM Co-founder John William Templeton marks the 50th year Jubilee of Kwanzaa with a message to describe how Kuumba, or cooperative economics, can help achieve dramatic growth by 2020

John William Templeton co-founded National Black Business Month just two months after the death of his autistic younger brother in police custody in 2004.


Use the tabs above to link to African-American businesses in 31 different categories across the nation during the last week of  September and make your statement about the issues that have enraged a nation.


Every Patty Matters during West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, America's largest parade , as Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Borough President Eric Adams hold the annual pattie eating contest.  With fired plantains and ginger beer, #EATBLACKEVERYDAY!


Dr. Stuart Hamilton, founder of Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, pictured with the Eau Claire Community Council, leads HBCU Day activities during the 13th annual National Black Business Month at Allen University in Columbia Aug. 30. Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (ECCHC), a local Federally Qualified Health Center, has been selected as one of six community health centers out of 1200 across the country by The National Institutes of Health as a Healthcare Provider Organization to help launch the Cohort Program of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The National Institutes of Health announced $55 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to build the foundational partnerships and infrastructure needed to launch the Cohort Program of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.  More than 400,000 of the 2.6 million African-American businesses are in health care, the largest industry sector.  Eau Claire represents the growth opportunities from the transformation caused by the Affordable Care Act.  HBCUs still generate the bulk of African-American health care professionals, and drive the research and care agenda.

Aug. 31 is Education Day during the 13th annual National Black Business Month Education Secretary Dr. John B. King Jr. quotes this 18-year-old student: "We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." The Morehouse student's name: Martin Luther King Jr.


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SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL and ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage release the new edition of the African-American Freedom Trail brochure to mark the 13th annual National Black Business Month. Printed by an African-American-owned printer in Oakland, the brochure highlights African-American historic sites, restaurants, cultural attractions and churches that would be of interest to the 9 million yearly visitors to San Francisco, including more than 1,700 African-Americans every day.  NBBM Co-Founder John William Templeton crafted the brochure based on his book Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco. SFSOULSHUTTLE  tours with black-owned limousine operator Bay Limos give visitors exclusive access to the African-American Freedom Trail.  Templeton and Bay Limos executives share the brochure with staff of the Visitor Information Center. San Francisco is one of 25 cities where ReUNION Heritage Tours provides remarkable tours of African-American history.


GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth describes the agency's objective to create economic development by making it easier to do business with Uncle Sam  in a cover article for the National Black Business Month edition of the Journal of African-American Innovation.   The video above describes how companies can begin to do business with the world's largest buyer.


His OLED innovations are reminscent of the impact of Lewis Latimer, who founded the modern electrical utility industry by lighting the streets in major cities around the world a century ago.  Funding more industrial innovators like Mike Molaire is how we create the jobs that keep our communities thriving.

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More than 60 percent of  African-American innovators are women. The April Journal of African-American Innovation tracks these technological Harriett Tubmans.

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Houston's Bennie Ferrell Catering is one of the oldest black-owned food businesses in the country, with a third generation now serving the highest profile events in Houston