The Plug In South LA Beat: Protests Boost Black-Owned Businesses

Black Lives Matter protests are boosting sales for Black-owned businesses in Los Angeles and across the country, according to recent news articles. Restaurants and shops in particular are experiencing higher demand.

A Google document that lists 300 Black-owned restaurants in LA helped drive a big bump, LAist found. Danielle Mullen, who owns Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago, told Black Enterprise that she went from selling 3,000 books in a week to 50,000. OneUnited, America’s largest Black-owned bank, received more than 40,000 new accounts over the past month, Dalvin Brown wrote in USA Today.

“Lists of local retailers, artisans, and manufacturers have been circulating on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, helping Black-owned businesses raise their profile at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the economy,” the Associated Press reported, adding that Google searches for “Black owned businesses near me” reached a record high in the US.

For today’s regular curation of must-read innovation and tech news, the Plug In South LA Beat, we’re taking a closer look at what this tech-driven interest actually means for the business owners:

Sales Are Climbing at Many Black-Owned Businesses in Wake of Racial Protests

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