The 14th annual National Black Business Month drives national, state and local policy towards achieving a two-thirds increase in African-American annual income by boosting manufacturing, healthcare and export industries with new liquidity to add $1 trillion in economic activity--more than the 2009 stimulus bill.   Co-founder John William Templeton predicted the 2008 recession in a San Jose Mercury News article and the current 7-year recovery in a 2008 analysis for the New York Society of Securities Analysts newsletter.  New York State tops the annual black business affinity index in the 14th annual State of Black Business report--Our10Plan.  NBBM uses the 31 Ways 31 Days strategy to galvanize spending by industry on specific days during August 2017 and to raise the visibility of policy issues affecting African-American entrepreneurship.  Co-founder Frederick E. Jordan, P.E., right honored as a Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award winner,  has completed more than 1,000 projects from Asia to Africa as a pioneering consulting engineering and construction manager in environmental, transportation and industrial applications.   Known as the "lion of black business," he roars when inequality compromises their opportunities and is respected across the globe.  Theodora "Theopatra" Lee, owner of Theopolis Vineyards on the Sonoma-Mendecino border in Northern California, demonstrates our focus on manufacturing by growing her own grapes and then creating her own award-winning wines.  We take a trip to her Harvest and Bottle Opening Party Sept. 16.  Mac MacDonald of Vision Cellars is in the background.

Bigger is better to grow black businesses


Show you're right with the 2017 poster for the 14th annual National Black Business Month. It depicts an April 3, 1905 march in Richmond, Virginia to commemorate the capture of the city by Union forces led by U.S. Colored Troops from Connecticut who had earlier been first to breach the siege of Petersburg. The same unit was involved later in the month in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and in June arrived in Texas for the capture of the last rebel state to fall.  The Richmonders of 1905 knew their history and the importance of owning their own businesses. 

After 40 years of the second Reconstruction, take their lead by practicing 31Ways31Days from the menu above and by using your own copy of Say Grace and Wipe Yo' Hands for EatBlack Days Aug. 25-28. 


Visit national open house day on Saturday, Aug. 19, including Bronner Bros Show in Atlanta, African World Festival in Detroit, Harlem Week in New York

Use black limo and bus companies Sunday, Aug. 20

Make an appointment with black dentists Aug. 21

Make a loan application, invest in or open a timed deposit with a black-owned bank or brokerage Aug. 22-23 for BankBlack Days

Contribute to a Historically Black College or University Aug. 24 for HBCU Day


Vintners and Brewers Aug. 25

Farmers Aug. 26

Restaurants Aug. 27

Grocery Manufacturers Aug. 28

Help NAREB meet its goal to achieve two million new black homeowners Aug. 30 by consulting one of its members on Real Estate Day

Discover the 18th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology from the Journal of Black Innovation on Innovation Day Aug. 31



                      Bennie Ferrell Catering

                                                                           is one of the oldest black-owned food businesses in the U.S, with a third generation now serving Houston


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.

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.

The City That Created Cool

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.