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Decide DeKalb Curates DeKalb County Black Business Guide to Spotlight Local Businesses

Open Call for DeKalb-based Black Businesses for Inaugural Guide

DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA (May 1, 2024) – Decide DeKalb, the leading economic development organization in DeKalb County, is thrilled to announce the creation of the DeKalb County Black Business Guide and is actively accepting entries. This comprehensive guide aims to celebrate and highlight the vibrant spectrum of Black-owned businesses throughout the county.

The DeKalb County Black Business Guide hopes to serve as a testament to the rich diversity and entrepreneurial spirit thriving within DeKalb County. As Thursday, August 1 marks the start of Black Business Month in the US, it is befitting to also serve as the official launch of the guide which will be accessible on the Decide DeKalb website for download. An update to the guide will take place mid-2025.

“We are excited to curate the DeKalb County Black Business Guide, a platform dedicated to amplifying the voices and achievements of black entrepreneurs in our community,” said Terra Washington, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Decide DeKalb. “By increasing visibility of these businesses, we hope it will help expand financial support as well as serve as recognition for their contributions to our local economy.”

The guide’s goal is to feature a diverse array of industries, indicative of DeKalb County itself, by including retail, technology, hospitality, and more. By offering residents and visitors a curated directory of Black-owned establishments to explore and support, this guide is taking the  “shop local” theme, dedicated to the holiday season, to a new level. Whether you are looking for a unique dining experience, professional services, or artisanal goods, the DeKalb County Black Business Guide plans to connect consumers with businesses that reflect the dynamic essence of our community.

A Black-owned business based in DeKalb County with a business license, at least one social media channel and/or a website that meets the established criteria set by Decide DeKalb are encouraged to be a part of the guide. Interested parties can upload their business information HERE