GET YOUR BUSINESS CERTIFIED
You can apply for certification with the Equity and Inclusion Unit if you own a certain type of business in Boston.
Our mission is to create equal opportunities for businesses of all kinds in Boston. After your business is certified with our office, we’ll include you in any outreach efforts we make for City projects. We can also connect you to resources offered inside and outside of the City.
You can apply for certification as:
- a small or local business
- a minority-owned business
- a woman-owned business, or
- a veteran-owned small business (you must be certified by the US Department of Veteran Affairs).
What’s your favorite minority-owned business? Can you think of more than one that’s opened in the past few years? If so, there’s a reason for it: According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), entrepreneurship within minority groups is increasing.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, unfortunately. Access to capital isn’t as easy for these entrepreneurs, including securing financing and keeping businesses open. Luckily, excellent resources for black and minority business owners are available to really help you get off the ground. And, just like black business ownership, they’re also increasing.
The Boston Black Business Directory was originally born out of a need to showcase Black Businesses in Boston in response to the lack of opportunities during the Urban League National Convention.
This Directory should serve as a guide to patronize Black Businesses in the Greater Boston Area.