Celebrating National Black Business Month


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Join the City of Cambridge in celebrating National Black Business Month in August to recognize the importance of Black and Brown businesses to local communities and to the national economy.
Events, workshops, and networking opportunities will be held throughout the month to provide resources to small businesses owners and entrepreneurs. Community members may join the celebration by supporting Black-owned businesses and other entrepreneurs this month and beyond.

“Black-owned businesses are an essential part of the Cambridge community, and the City has a long history of providing support to foster an environment for women and BIPOC-owned businesses to thrive in Cambridge,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “During National Black Business Month, we are excited to raise awareness of Black entrepreneurs and their impact in our local economy.”

“We are proud to recognize local Black-owned businesses and their contributions as we celebrate Black Business Month,” said Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. "You can learn more about these businesses in the City’s newly expanded Cambridge Business Diversity Directory.”

National Black Business Month will include the following city-sponsored events. 
In addition to City events, Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network (in partnership between the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Cambridge Local First, and Sustainable Business Network)and Central Square’s Starlight Square will host events supporting and promoting Black business in Cambridge. 

Wednesday, August 4

City of Cambridge Black Business Month Kick-Off Event, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Location: Plaza in front of Oggi Gourmet, 30 Dunster Street.
  • Connect with City officials, regional partners, and fellow small business owners at Cambridge's Black Business Month kick-off event. Free to Cambridge businesses. Space is limited. Registration is required. Click here to register. 

Sunday, August 8

Family-Friendly Yoga with Malaika, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Location Dana Park, 70 Magazine St.
  • Free to all. All ages welcome. No registration required, but please bring your own mats.

Monday, August 9

How to do Business with the City of Cambridge Workshop, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

  • Location: Online via Zoom. 
  • Attend this workshop to learn more about how to do business with the City. Items covered include how to become a vendor, how to respond to a solicitation for quotes, and how to respond to a bid. This workshop is free to Cambridge businesses. Registration is required. Click here to register. 

Thursday, August 12

Outdoor Story Time with Nephtaliem McCrary of Great Eastern Trading Company, 11:00 a.m.

Second Thursday in Inman Square, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 15

Family-friendly Yoga with Malaika, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Location: Joan Lorenz Park, 449 Broadway
  • Free to all. All ages welcome. Please bring your own mats. 

Wednesday, August 18

Understanding Cambridge Demographics Workshop, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Location: Online via Zoom. 
  • Are you interested in learning more about the demographics of Cambridge? Attend this workshop to learn more about the diverse Cambridge population and how to use this data for your business plans and marketing initiatives. This workshop is free to Cambridge businesses. Registration is required. Click here to register. 

Thursday, August 19

MPowered Pop-Up Grand Opening, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Location: Cambridgeside Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Pl.
  • Join Mayor Siddiqui and Community Development Department staff for the grand opening of MPowered, a new pop up store highlighting minority and women owned businesses across the region. Free to all. 

Community Events:

Starlight Square 

Port Pride Day

Saturday, August 14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information. 

"Passport to Black-Owed Businesses"

Saturday, August 21, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of Black Business Month in August, Cambridge-Somerville Black Business NetworkSustainable Business NetworkBlack Economic Council of Massachusetts, and Cambridge Local First invites you to participate in the “Passport to Black-Owned Businesses” event. An exciting combination of bingo and trivia, this event will encourage community members to interact with and support Black-owned, local businesses in Cambridge, including Nüssli118°Artifact SoapworksThe Million Year PicnicB. Royal Boutique. We will provide everything you need to participate! 


How it works:

  • Participating businesses will be added to a “passport” and map to businesses for community members.
  • Sponsoring organizations - including CSBBN, SBN, BECMA, and CLF - will be distributing event information (included day-of details, the passport, and map) across their networks.
  • On the day of the event, community members will come by, ask a trivia question about your business, then collect a “stamp” for their “passports.” After completing the challenge, they can enter their passports will be entered into a raffle to win a prize made up of items from participating businesses

Learn more about this event by click here. For questions about this event, contact Allison Deyo at allison@sbnmass.orgIf you have a Black-owned retail business in Cambridge and would like to participate, please fill out this form with questions. A storefront is not required for participation.


Check out Cambridge Community Development Department’s Instagram and Facebook feeds for features on Cambridge Black-owned businesses all month long.

For more information

Please contact Pardis Saffari at psaffari@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4654 for any questions.