Leave it to small business owners to exemplify hard work and perseverance - especially in these trying times. For black business owners, starting and running a successful small business comes with an additional set of challenges as many businesses owned by people of color are economically disadvantaged. According to Forbes, in 2016, only 0.2% of all venture capital funding was provided to startups founded by black women. Many African Americans are forced to fund their own businesses or rely on friends and family for assistance.
Today, communities are increasingly becoming more aware of the need to drive support to black-owned businesses. So, how can you show your support? Simply put, spend your money. To make it even easier for you, we've highlighted 5 local, black-owned businesses in the Des Moines area. If you haven't already been to or utilized services from these entrepreneurs, now is the perfect time to give them a try.
Bottle and Bottega Des Moines
Get your creative juices flowing with Bottle and Bottega sip and paint style art parties. Create a DIY masterpiece with friends and family while enjoying a glass of wine. Due to limitations placed by COVID-19, Bottle and Bottega is now offering take home kits and virtual sessions for both small groups and corporate events.
Find them online: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/des-moines/
ForWard Consulting, LLC
ForWard Consulting has you covered when it comes to mental health. Founder Breanne Ward offers individual counseling, community trainings and inspirational speaking on topics such as PTSD, race-related trauma, sexual assault, and anxiety and depression
Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/moveforward2day/?fref=nf
The Seafood Trap
With a 5 star rating on Facebook, you could say the Seafood Trap is a local favorite. Offering a hip atmosphere and explosive flavors, you don't want to miss what they have cookin’. The Seafood Trap is located on E. Grand and is solely open for carry out orders.
Find them online: https://www.restaurantji.com/ia/des-moines/the-seafood-trap-/
Ward Creative Studios
Owned by Keesha Ward, Ward Creative Studios photography and portraiture focuses on creativity, quality, and service. When it comes to senior photos, family portraits, and professional headshots, Ward Creative Studios does not disappoint.
Find them online: https://www.wardcreativestudios.com/
Crumbsnatchers Carpet Cleaning
If you're looking for some extra help around the house this spring, look no further than Crumbsnatchers - offering high quality carpet cleaning to the Des Moines area.
Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/In-Home-Service/Crumbsnatcers-Carpet-Cleaning-363161514032507/
Out of cash? You can still help. Like and share a post to build awareness for their brand, or leave a positive review on their business page. More and more often people are turning to Facebook as they pick and choose where to spend their time and money - viewers will