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Six Black-owned businesses to shop on Black Friday (and the amazing deals they’re offering)

With Black Friday approaching, shoppers across the Rochester area will be eager to find the best deals heading into the holiday season.

While traditional businesses offer deals and discounts on their inventory, local Black-owned companies will also look to take advantage of the unofficial shoppers’ holiday.

Check out these deals from local merchants offering their goods and services in special packaged deals.

The Mobile Spa

The Mobile Spa's team of licensed estheticians & lash artist.

The Mobile Spa’s team of licensed estheticians & lash artist.

The Mobile Spa is a fully equipped on-the-go spa company providing premium spa treatments in the privacy of your own home, office or getaway.

Black Friday specials include:

More info: www.vagaro.com/themobilespa

Falah X Clothing Company

FalAh X Clothing Co varsity jacket

FalAh X Clothing Co varsity jacket

Falah X Clothing Co. specializes in men, women and children’s clothing. Services also include styling and wardrobe/image consultation.

Black Friday deals include:

Follow @FalahXClothing on Instagram for additional discounts.

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Stellantis, business group start program to aid Black-owned suppliers

Detroit — Stellantis NV and the National Business League on Wednesday kicked off what they’re billing as the country’s first-ever development program for Black-owned suppliers.

Thirteen businesses were selected for the pilot phase of the National Black Supplier Development program, which will run through the first quarter of 2022. It’s envisioned as the first phase of a larger program to develop Black-owned suppliers for contracting and procurement opportunities across numerous industries in the public and private sectors. 

The maker of Jeep and Ram vehicles in June announced its partnership with the National Business League, an organization founded in 1900 by Booker T. Washington to promote the interests of Black businesses.

“The Stellantis-National Business League Black Supplier Development Program is an idea whose time has come,” Mark Stewart, chief operating officer for Stellantis-North America, said Wednesday. “It’s an idea that addresses the need to take direct, decisive and intentional actions to

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Companies take on the challenge of increasing diversity, aiding Black-owned businesses

How companies have deployed the money is proving to be as crucial as how much they’ve promised, or even how much they’ve given out so far.

Take, for example, Bank of America, which pledged $1.25 billion over five years toward promoting racial justice and creating economic opportunities for all. The centerpiece of its efforts — and where the bulk of the first year’s disbursements have gone — is a novel program to fund minority-owned venture capital firms that back under-represented entrepreneurs.

It was an idea borne out of the notion the bank had to think differently if it wanted to close the racial wealth gap. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, the largest in Massachusetts by market share, typically would have just increased the amount of lending to small businesses owned by people of color.

But after convening a diverse group of its executives, among them market presidents and investment bankers, the

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