Small businesses have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the one Cynthia Daniels runs. As an event planner in Memphis, Daniels’ work quickly dried up. Then in May, when she wasn’t able to visit her mother in Atlanta, she decided to send a package full of products she loved from local Black-owned businesses. After that, what started as Daniels making recommendations for other Black-owned businesses on social media, turned into organizing an online market on Juneteenth (June 19th).
How to attend the online Juneteenth market
Putting her event-planning skills to work, Daniels created a virtual bazaar where anyone can shop for products made by 100 different Black-owned small businesses and brands from 20 different cities across the country. That online event is today (June 19th) from 1 pm to 9pm EST. To get the link to the market, RSVP here.
So what will be available today? You’ll find products in categories including:
- Black art
- Home goods
- Children’s books
- Spa Products
- Kids’ section
- Baked goods
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And while 100 business will be represented, more than 200 applied to be part of the event. “I knew this was bigger than me and could have a national impact,” Daniels told the Huffington Post. She’s especially excited about the children’s book “Nola the Nurse,” written by New Orleans-based nurse practitioner Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, as well as the hand-crafted jewelry from The Cayged Collection and organic men’s grooming products from Sons of Hollis.
“Black businesses are really at a disadvantage right now. A lot do not have brick-and-mortar storefronts, so really depend on those trade shows and festivals,” Daniels added. “Juneteenth Shop Black is a way to make impact with your dollars for businesses, many of which might not make it out of the pandemic.”