Meet the Recipients of the Black-Owned Business Grant

Each August marks National Black Business Month in the U.S. celebrating black entrepreneurial success. As September comes, we are continuing to highlight the impact of Black-owned businesses across the nation and the Pacific Northwest. Black-owned businesses are essential to all communities as they make large splashes in the economy and shape the vision of what it means the be an entrepreneur.

In fact, Black-owned businesses are fueled by the power of women and youth:

  • There are at least 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the U.S.
  • 54% of all Black-owned businesses are run by women
  • Black entrepreneurs under 35 are the most populous, making up 21% of all business owners in their age group

Celebrating Black-Owned Business – Portland-based Grants
In July, leading up to National Black Business Month, Mercy Corps Northwest’s Black-Owned Business Grant program received over 400 applications from business owners in the Portland Metro Area for a chance to receive up to $5,000 to use on rent, payroll or other operational expenses. As of today, 20 of those businesses have received grants to keep their businesses afloat. 

In order to qualify, businesses needed to be 50% or more Black-owned, located in the Portland metro area, and the owner(s) must have a current annual household income at or under 80% of Oregon’s Area Median Income. Awards were prioritized on a needs-basis that accounted for criteria including income, household demographics, and COVID-related impacts.

A List of Grant Recipients
The demand for the grant far outweighed our ability to meet the need of local business owners. We hope to open another grant cycle in the future. Right now we are sharing that a $62 million fund for COVID-19 relief in Oregon’s Black community. The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19. We hope to keep sharing all we know, and how we can support our local community. For now, we take a moment to congratulate the business owners who received a grant, listed below.

Find a full list of recipients of the Black-owned Business Grant below:

Black Star NW

Briggsproessentials “Theresa Briggs”

Chapters Alumni LLC

Cityride service LLC

Elite Body Studio LLC

Hair Haven

Hot Eatz Cold Treatz

HotSpot CoWorking Space LLC

Ice Cream Feens PDX

Jackson Shine Co, LLC

Just Hair Beauty Supply & Hair Store Llc

Just V Natural LLC

Mary Kiona’s Adult Care Home

Mirage salon

Mystique’s Fancy Faces

Queen Of Maid LLC

Rides For Babies

SISTER’S SOUL FOOD LLC

Suited for you

The China Doll Collection

TOTAL $100,000


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2 responses to “Meet the Recipients of the Black-Owned Business Grant”

  1. Chelsia Allen says:

    Hello my name is Chelsia Allen I ha e a small business A-1 Perfection Cleaning service. I applied for the business grant but I haven’t heard nothing back. Can you update me with if I was approve or what I need to get a grant award letter approval.

    • lscheffey says:

      Hi Chelsia – thanks so much for your comment. The businesses listed in this article are all the final recipients. All businesses were notified by email of acceptance. I can confirm the most recent email you were sent with this update was on Friday, September 25 to the email listed above. We highly encourage you to look into our IDA Grant Program and Loan Program at mercycorpsnw.org for other financial opportunities.

      Best,
      Leigh

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