The Virginia Black Business Directory (VABBD), established in Northern Virginia in 2020 by Ernisha & Tracey Hall, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bolstering the support for black-owned businesses. With the Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (VABCC) launch in August 2023, the VABBD has transitioned to operate as its subsidiary.
As a dynamic small business capacity-building organization, the VABBD connects consumers with black-owned businesses, thus serving as a valuable resource for those interested in supporting local black enterprises. The VABBD's mission extends to offering educational programs, aiding in business development, and equipping businesses with the necessary skills, processes, and resources to flourish. Its comprehensive directory connects consumers directly with black-owned businesses, fostering visibility and accessibility.
According to The State of Working America, the United States is home to approximately 2.6 million black-owned businesses. However, a staggering eight out of ten fail within the first 18 months due to lack of resources and funding. Recognizing this, the VABBD aims to recycle black dollars into black-owned businesses, contributing to wealth generation within a community that has historically been marginalized due to limited business funding and capital access.
Since its inception, the VABBD has significantly increased its membership through various opportunities. In 2020, ABC News featured the VABBD in a special segment titled "Buying Black," which highlighted the success of Fredericksburg Regional Black Restaurant Week, the Fredericksburg Food Truck Festival, and the Virginia Black Business Expo. The House of Delegates also presented the VABBD with a House Resolution (HR 604) in recognition of these successful initiatives.
In 2023, the House of Delegates presented the VABBD with a House Resolution (HR 341) in recognition of the history and contributions of Black-owned businesses in Virginia. Furthermore, the Town of Dumfries awarded the VABBD a Black Business Month Commendation for the successful execution of the Virginia Black Business Expo during National Black Business Month.
The VABBD is committed to ensuring that its directory members thrive, creating entrepreneurship opportunities, and achieving generational wealth. As of January 2023, we proudly represent over 1250 members across 1421 organizations and businesses in our directory.
The VABBD's long-term goal is to celebrate the success of our members and aid in eliminating systemic racism while increasing visibility for entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations affecting positive change in our community. For additional information about us, please click here.
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