August is Black Business Month, a nationwide effort to recognize and support Black-owned businesses. In August 2023, BAPA, the 95th Street Business Association, and the MPBHBA partnered with local businesses to bring this celebration to Beverly/Morgan Park and the 19th Ward! 

Our goals: 

  • highlighting our Black-owned businesses and their unique offerings.
  • building community among local Black entrepreneurs so that they can support and promote each other.
  • helping businesses expand their customer base by sharing information about Black Business Month in print, on social media, and this website.
  • creating a lasting resource—an online directory—for people to find Black-owned businesses in Beverly/Morgan Park. 

Black Owned Business Directory

The MPBHBA created a searchable directory of local businesses in Beverly and Morgan Park that are owned by Black entrepreneurs. We hope you will use this resource to show your support for our local businesses and shop where you live! 

If you are a Black-owned business in Beverly/Morgan Park, we’d love to include you in our directory! Just fill out the form below and we will add your listing.

The Black Business Month Committee planned a series of networking and business education events to empower local business owners of color. 

Networking Opportunities

Black Business Month Coffee Kickoff
Tuesday, July 25, 2023

8:30–10:30 am
Rain Date: July 26

Afro Joe’s Coffee & Tea
1818 W. 99th St.

An engaging start to Black Business Month! Black business owners connected over coffee and pastries on the patio at Afro Joe’s. 

Market Meetup for Black-Owned Businesses
Sunday, August 27, 2023
10:00 am–2:00 pm

95th Street Farmers Market Community Tent
1827 W. 95th St.

Another great opportunity to connect with other Black business owners was our meetup at 95th Street Farmer’s Market. Businesses were encouraged to bring promotional materials about their business, and to wear the new Beverly/Morgan Park Black Business T-shirt.  

Business Education Events

How to Manage Cash Flow
Workshop with Loftis Consulting
Thursday, August 3, 2023
9:00–11:00 am

Morgan Park High School Library
1744 W. Pryor Ave.

In this seminar, participants learned:

  • Cash flow vs. profits
  • How to project cash flow
  • How to manage cash flow through the ups and downs of the business cycle


Credit Reporting & Taxes
Workshop with Beverly Bank & CIBC
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
9:00–10:30 am

Jason Swan of The Beverly Bank and Sharnell Curtis-Martin of CIBC shared best practices  for business taxes and credit reporting.

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