Black-Owned Syracuse

Dear Community Members, 

Since 2018, Black-Owned Syracuse has been the #1 source for Black entrepreneurs in Syracuse and surrounding areas. We have maintained the a business directory that list “only Black-Owned, Syracuse-based” businesses, brands and organizations. We host annual events that provides opportunities for local Black entrepreneurs and community members to come together. We are working on creating projects and programs that center the local Black community. is the digital version of our work in action. Its mission is to provide an online space that highlights local Black ownership and encourages engaging, thoughtful, and in depth dialogue around Black wealth, community and activism.

In December 2019, we started a GoFundMe with a goal of $10,000. This is our first round of fundraising. So far, we have been able to update our directory to a new platform, cover monthly website maintenance fees, create content for our website relaunch and social media (our goal is to hire contributors soon!), and start progress towards one of our other projects: Black-Owned CNY Marketplace.

While we plan to eventually apply for grants and similar opportunities, it’s important that we are able to self-fund our efforts. Because of our values and dedication to unapologetically celebrating the local Black community, we have unsurprisingly been met with resistance publicly and privately. We want to always be able to speak the truth about our community in a way that are sometimes jeopardized by certain type of business relationships. Below are direct links on how to donate.

-Shavon S. Greene, Founder
Black-Owned Syracuse
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Syracuse, NY

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