During the recent election, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities were mocked and belittled. Since Donald Trump was elected a week ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center has counted over 400 hate crimes.
Many people are now asking what they can do to make the world a better place. I've seen wonderful advice about how you can donate money, volunteer and fundraise for organizations that support communities experiencing hate and discrimination.
The one thing I haven't seen talked about is economic empowerment. This is America, and money is power.
Supporting the businesses of entrepreneurs who are Hispanic, LGBTQ, Muslim, black, women and/or live with disabilities will make a difference in their lives, and it will help their families and their communities. As an entrepreneur, I know this very well.
I turned to my friends to create a curated list of businesses owned by these people, and a funny thing happened: I realized I don't know any Hispanic, LGBTQ or Muslim entrepreneurs. I'm black and I fancy myself as having a fairly diverse group of friends, but I now realize I haven't been as supportive of these communities as I could be.
So I started with the people I know, then reached out to find more. I hope you can help add to this list.
Naturally, this list is relatively long because I'm black and I'm an entrepreneur, so I know a lot of black business owners.
Businesses owned by people with disabilities
I need your help to improve the list
I was only able to find one Hispanic business to include on this list, and my small network of Hispanic friends didn't know of any others. I found a few directories online, but they weren't helpful, and the same was true for LGBT-owned businesses. The GimpGirl community helped me identify a few entrepreneurs with disabilities to include on the list, but I'd like to display more.
When I did my outreach, I discovered something that made me sad. One woman who is a Muslim entrepreneur contacted several of her friends, and without exception they all declined to be included. She told me the Muslim community has become very insular due to many threats, and inclusion in a list of this type is concerning. I also learned that some LGBTQ entrepreneurs don't want to be included on a list like this, because they too don't want to be harassed or bullied.
So if you know of any entrepreneurs who might want to be included, please send this link to them so they can add themselves in the comments as they choose. I only ask that the businesses be able to ship their product throughout the United States.
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