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The BBA’s goal is to act as a business One-Stop organization for Black and minority businesses with an objective
to stimulate economic growth and sustainability through out Connecticut and across the nation.

About The BBA

CT Black Business Directory

CT Black Business Directory

In these unprecedented times we need to come together and support each other.

The BBA has had many requests to access our directory - it is time to get updated and complete information. Please take 6 minutes to complete the form. The business owners name and telephone number will be kept confidential and will not be included in the directory. There is no charge to be listed in the directory.

Share the link with other business owners in your circle. Thank you for participating. Link: https://forms.gle/QYwt74SkMRL9inLB9

The Black Business Alliance is committed to standing with our community.  We are grateful for the Black-owned businesses and individuals who are combating COVID-19 – the healthcare workers or emergency responders as well as those in essential services.

As the State is re-opening, know that we are here for you. We want to hear your concerns and how we can better serve you.

COVID-19 is just one of the issues we are facing and have faced together. At this time in history, now more than ever, we are also committed to speaking out and taking actions that empower our community, while addressing systemic racism and inequity in meaningful ways.

We will continue to find ways that support the growth, development and advancement of Black business, which is the backbone of our community.


The Black Business Alliance was exactly the support network I needed when I started my business. Black Business Alliance has networked with me and provided me with so much access to resources for my business to flourish! The BBA network truly cares for the legacy of the Black Business community here in CT.

The Keystore Testimonial Khamani Harrison
Hartford, CT
The Key Bookstore www.keybookstore.com
The BBA has connected me to like minded, forward thinking entrepreneurs in my community, and provided resources for my businesses that are invaluable!

CannaHealth CT Kebra Smith-Bolden
Hartford, CT
CannaHealth CT www.gocannahealth.com/
I value the networking benefits of BBA, and I have made great business connections with AA entrepreneurs from Connecticut.

ACE Online Academy David Githuku
Columbus, OH
ACE Online Academy www.aceonlineacademy.com
BBA has helped me with connecting with like people who are creating their own paths and allowing me to use my skills to enhance the Alliance.

Growing the Good Seed Latrice Allen
New Haven, CT
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I truly have never been prouder to be a part of what BBA has to offer and all the assistance I have received thus far. It is most comforting and uplifting to know there is a network to aid us in this struggle for success against so many unnecessary odds.

Connecticutz Marvin Beasley
Griswold, CT
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Executive Director annemarie@bbusinessalliance.org
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Administrative Assistant
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Technical Assistance Lead

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Membership into BBA taps into a network of other minority business enterprises across Connecticut. Get access to BBA networking events and business seminars, market and brand your business, receive technical assistance, and learn how to obtain access to capital or other community resources that will make your business successful.
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The BBA offers services to minority business owners through business training, technical assistance and online marketing services to help small businesses get access to capital, improve business acumen and strengthen online branding presence. To help your business thrive, the BBA will develop a comprehensive program including the following:

In The News

February 10, 2022

Dan Haar: For Black business group, and a regional mall, a new alliance

A middle-aged woman with glasses poked her head into a not-yet-opened store at the Connecticut Post mall in Milford as three women inside worked to prepare the enterprise.

“Hi, I just wanted to wish you well,” she said. They thanked her and went back to their work.

It was a fleeting moment like you’d see ahead of any store opening, except this was not any store and the greeting took on extra meaning.

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February 10, 2022

Pandemic Launches a Wave of Black-Owned Businesses

A team of economists in a recent analysis of eight states is reporting a surge in business registrations in the weeks after the public received federal stimulus payments. The increase was particularly dramatic in majority Black neighborhoods. 

But Black business owners and people familiar with the Black business community in Connecticut say that furloughs and available funds weren’t the only factors that drove people to become entrepreneurs — in many cases, the new businesses were born out of a need to escape from the stress of the pandemic.

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February 10, 2022

Best of 2020: Minority businesses: Wounded by COVID, but key to inclusive revival

This story was originally published on December 7, 2020.

Tia Woods had been the coordinator of a dance program. It closed but left her with space in East Hartford. She had a business idea: Woods, who is Black, knew many minority artisans needed space to show and sell their products.

So in February 2019, she created what she called a “modern consignment boutique” called “ITS the Room,” a kind of mini-mall where minority entrepreneurs, crafters and artists could set up shop. After a year, things looked promising. She had as many as 18 vendors, and people were coming in the door.

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