Minority entrepreneurship has been a cornerstone of the American economy for decades. With more than four million minority-owned companies currently in the United States, MBEs generate close to $700 billion in annual sales.
Now, in the wake of George Folyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, global support for Black communities and Minority Business Enterprises has grown three-fold. The MinorityEye has been flooded with emails and phone calls from organizations of all sizes and people of all backgrounds asking how they can help support black and minority-owned businesses in South Carolina.
Thousands of people from across the country and across the globe are now realizing what many minority entrepreneurs and political activists have realized for years –that there can be no social equality without economic equality.
That is why we created the MBE Marketplace, which stands for Minority Business Enterprise Marketplace or the “Minority Marketplace” for short. The Minority Marketplace is an online business directory that acts as an economic asset map. It is a resource for those who want to support or patronize minority-owned businesses but are unsure of where to find minority businesses that provide the products or services they’re looking for.
The Marketplace is one central location where people can find the minority-owned businesses or minority-led empowerment initiatives and programs that provide the services they need. The marketplace highlights businesses, organizations and initiatives of all types including restaurants, stores, boutiques, service providers, youth programs, empowerment initiatives and so much more. The marketplace grows daily and minority entrepreneurs from across the state to add their business to our online directory.
The marketplace is supported by the Allies Network, which is a group of corporations, organizations and individuals who have committed to giving financial resources in support of economic equality for all.