City of Minneapolis to host its first Black Business Week

Minneapolis City Council VP Andrea Jenkins talks about Minneapolis Black Week

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins announced today that the city will host its first Minneapolis Black Business Week from Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 27.

The week will feature an exhibition of Black-owned businesses in Minneapolis; job-seekers, business owners, creatives, and would-be entrepreneurs will have opportunities to expand their networks, hear firsthand from local officials about how to bid for procurement opportunities, and learn more about existing resources. 

Frey and Jenkins will kick off the 13-event, nine-day stretch with a panel discussion at Mama Sheila’s in South Minneapolis (RSVP here). City officials will also highlight restaurant, retail, and professional service businesses throughout the city.

Black Business Week partners include West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, Northside Economic Opportunity Network, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis Urban League, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (University of Minnesota), Northside Job Creation Team, E. Howard Co., WeRow, African American Leadership Forum, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, World to Win, Black Women’s Wealth Alliance, Boss Queens, Gold Room Restaurant and Lounge, Social Impact Strategies Group, and Fearless Commerce.

Interested Black business owners can sign up to have their businesses highlighted in the City’s directory, learn about business trends, discover what it takes to become a vendor with the City and more by going to