Atlanta one of top 10 cities for black businesses

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.”

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MO Money

February 23rd, 2012
9:17 am

Atlanta–black mecca! I’m making a ton of money here with my cleaning business—a lot more than I made in jersey!!!


February 23rd, 2012
5:25 pm

25,000 rap labels, barber shops and “entertainment companies”.


February 23rd, 2012
6:43 pm

As a black male, does this Ebony article really revelant anymore. Today business world is global, and tech savy. Ebony really should expand its perspective on the so called ranking of black business in America. Personally most black Atlantans only know one language, and have never been outside of the United States, to experience other cultures. In fact not just blacks, but whites also must prepare for the current Global market push. I recommend learning at least one more language, and travel out of the country.


February 23rd, 2012
6:44 pm

Correction of first sentence is this Ebony article really revelant anyone.