Ebony magazine in its March issue names Atlanta as one of its top 10 cities for black businesses.
Metro Atlanta, it notes, “ranked in the top three in two categories, including first in terms of the percentage of black-owned businesses relative to the black population.”
On the downside, “… the city ranked last in terms of average revenue of black-owned businesses.”
Overall, black-owned businesses make up 24 percent of the companies here and have average revenue of $52,235.
Among the reasons cited by the magazine for the success of black-owned businesses here is the the Office of Contract Compliance in Atlanta which manages a program whose mission, it said, is to “mitigate the effects of the past and present discrimination against women and minority business.”
In addition, the magazine gives a specific shout out to the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management’s Annual Small Business Development Program. That’s an “intensive 10-week construction management-training program for business owners who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of sewer rehabilitation work and related support services in preparation for pursuit of bidding opportunities under the city’s Clean Water Atlanta Sewer Rehabilitation Program.”