Celebrate & Support Dayton’s
Black Business Owners

Throughout the month of August, Gem City celebrates Black Business Month! A monthlong campaign that’s designed to empower Black entrepreneurs by providing essential support and connecting them with valuable resources to foster the growth of their businesses.

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How to participate:


Entrepreneurs: Attend an event! Tap into the partners below who want to help you grow. Also, VOTE in this year’s inaugural Gem City Black Business Month Awards!


Business resource providers: Host an event! Make space specifically for Black founders and business owners.


Community members: Shop Black, this month and always! Check out the events calendar for a few fun opportunities to do this in the community.

Our Partners

Gem City
Black Business Month Awards

We are proud to announce the 2024 Gem City Black Business Month Awards, a celebration of excellence and innovation in the Dayton Black business community. This prestigious event aims to recognize and honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the economic growth and success of Gem City.

The awards will feature five distinct categories, each designed to showcase excellence in various aspects of business leadership and entrepreneurship. Click on the name of the category below to nominate someone!

  • Hustler of the Year: Recognizing an individual who embodies the relentless drive and determination in their business endeavors, going above and beyond to achieve success.
  • O.G. Entrepreneur of the Year: Honoring an experienced and seasoned black business owner who has paved the way for others, demonstrating exceptional leadership and business acumen.
  • Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Celebrating a young black entrepreneur who has made significant achievements at an early stage, showing remarkable innovation, ambition, and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • People’s Choice Award: Giving the community the power to decide, this award allows the public to vote for their favorite black-owned business that has made a positive impact and garnered widespread support.
  • The Plug of the Year: Recognizing an influential individual or organization that has served as a vital connector within the black business community, facilitating partnerships, collaborations, and opportunities for growth.

For any inquiries or questions regarding the awards, please reach out to Tywan Corbitt at [email protected].


Attend the Event

Join us in-person on August 29, 2024 from 5:30-8:00 PM to congratulate the official awardees at 715 E. Main Street, Trotwood, OH 45426 at our official Black Business End of the Month Celebration!

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