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31Ways31Days to create jobs and strengthen communities








Make a statement, make a difference

During Aug. 25-31, practice 31 Ways 31 Days with a purpose during Hands Up|Shop Black Week. On Saturday, protest with your palate on Black Restaurant Day.  Get Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands: the BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America's Black Restaurants for the establishments nearest you.

Black Restaurant Day

These smothered pork chops at Florida Ave. Grill are a reason that it has continued in business for 70 years.   Many of our landmarks are culinary palaces, where history was made.  Visit yours constantly.

Community of creativity

Konda Mason, a veteran filmmaker and screenwriter, envisioned a place where technology, creativity and people blended seamlessly. With co-founders Ashara Ekundayo and Lisa Chacon, she attracted millions in investments, renovated a downtown Oakland auto showroom and created Impact Hub Oakland, with dozens of startups and in-house venture capital.  It is a model for capitalizing creativity as we celebrate technology entrepreneurs on Aug. 12 during the 11th annual National Black Business Month.

Black Restaurant Day

  Aug. 30 celebrates eateries like Ben's Chili Bowl during National Black Business Month.

Caribbean flair

This jerk shrimp at Miss Ollie's in Oakland shows the wide range of flavors found at black restaurants around the country.   Find your feast on Black Restaurant Day Saturday, Aug. 30.

Fried green tomatoes

Are part of the fare at Oakland's Pican Restaurant, just another reason to enjoy Black Restaurant Day during Hands Up Shop Black Week.



On each day of August, we encourage everyone to visit, invest in, purchase from or recommend one of America's two million black-owned businesses.  To make it simple, we suggest different industries each day of the month and we work with trade associations to give you the resources to find businesses in those categories at your leisure. 

Garland Anderson was a San Francisco bellhop who wrote a play in three weeks in the 1920s, raised $15,000 and was the first black playwright to produce a play on Broadway.  Black theaters are more than 100 strong in communities around the country.  On Aug. 15, black theater day during the 11th annual National Black Business Month, buy a ticket or a season subscription.


sylviasmixes.jpegThe late Queen of Soul Food, Sylvia Woods, left a legacy that can be found in grocery stores across the world in addition to her iconic Harlem restaurant.  Say Grace and Wipe You Hands: the Black Restaurant.NET Guide to America's Black Restaurants is our official National Black Business Month guide to more than 800 eateries across the land where you can Find Your Feast.


We Need Capital


There is a profound disparity in lending and venture capital available to black-owned businesses that is slowing the recovery in our communities.  Our 11th annual State of Black Business report spells out that gap in each individual state so that advocates for economic justice can bring attention to local regulators and financial leaders on how our community must create jobs for survival and growth.

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Maj. Gen. Anthony "Tony" Jackson is a modern day Buffalo Soldier who protected our country and preserved California's parks.  Join him and top historians as we lay out plans for a statewide African-American Freedom Trail on Sept. 13 with the Great Cloud of Witnesses observing.   Get your seat at


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