Guests can explore participating businesses with a free shuttle on Saturday, August 26.
August, 22, 2023 (DAYTON, Ohio) – A Black Business Hop is planned for downtown Dayton as part of the annual Gem City Black Business Month. Dozens of local and Black-owned businesses will join the event happening from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 26.
“We are thrilled to partner to bring this Downtown Black Business Hop to life!” said Launch Dayton Communications Manager Audrey Ingram. “Launch Dayton partners are committed to building a community that breaks down barriers and supports all entrepreneurs. This Gem City Black Business Month collaboration is a fun way to do just that. Come on out to eat, shop, groove and support our Black-owned businesses!”
Those wishing to take part in the Black Business Hop are encouraged to start their day at After5, 111 E. Third St. in the Fire Blocks District. Once there, guests can register in a free Downtown Dollars raffle and pick up a map of participating Black Business Hop locations and vendors. In addition to downtown’s brick-and-mortar businesses, several pop-up vendors will also be operating as part of the event.
“Black-owned businesses are thriving in Downtown Dayton and the Downtown Dayton Black Business Hop is a day to highlight and celebrate each and every one of them,” says Alaina Geres, Director of Economic Development at the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “There are 62 different businesses participating in the event, including 21 shops in the Second Street Market and 9 pop-up vendors hosted by Fire Blocks District businesses.”
A free shuttle provided by the Greater Dayton RTA will run for the duration of the event to help visitors patronize as many businesses as possible. Live entertainment will be provided at Third Perk Coffeehouse, 146 E. Third St. in the Fire Blocks District, for guests to enjoy during a day full of support and shopping.
The Downtown Black Business Hop is one of several events planned during the 2023 Gem City Black Business Month. The annual campaign supports Black entrepreneurs and helps connect them with resources to further grow their businesses. More events and information are available on Launch Dayton’s website.
The 2023 Gem City Black Business Month is made possible by Aviatra Accelerators, the Greater West Dayton Incubator, and Parallax Advanced Research Launch Dayton team. The Downtown Black Business Hop is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and Shop Black Biz Dayton.
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