Black Business Month


"Honoring the impact of Black entrepreneurs in Illinois."​

To honor the contributions of Black-owned businesses across the state, the State of Illinois, with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is celebrating August as Black Business Month. This monthlong celebration includes a series of events highlighting community leaders, organizations, and business enterprises throughout the state, an initiative inviting Illinoisans to “Shop Black-owned Business Saturdays,” as well as a social media series recognizing Black owned business throughout the state of Illinois.

Black Business Month Events

Illinois DCEO & Groupon Present: What Can I Do? Tools to Show You How To Support and Celebrate Black Business Month & Beyond
Wednesday | August 17, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

No matter where you are in the state, Black Business Month offers an opportunity for you to explore the best of what your community has to offer! Whether you are an everyday citizen or working for an organization that wants to get involved, this event will help you identify best practices and easy steps you can take to engage and support Black businesses during August, and all year long!


OMEE & IL SBDC Presents ADME - Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurs: Procurement Equity
Wednesday | August 24, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

The IL Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) and IL Small Business Development Center Network presents ADME - Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship: Procurement Equity. This event will bring procurement officers from the public and private sector together to discuss how Black businesses can take advantage of REAL contracting opportunities. Attendees will enjoy brief presentations from the IL Dept. of Transportation, IL Small Business Set Aside program, and learn about assistance available to help successfully certify as an MBE and bid on contracts.


"Shop Black Saturdays" Campaign

Shop black Saturdays

As Illinois bounces back from the unprecedented economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting minority-owned businesses has never been more important. Join the IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity as we celebrate "Shop Black Saturdays."  Each Saturday in August, we encourage Illinoisans to patronize Black-owned businesses in their community. To help promote the amazing products and services offered, take photos and share the experience using the hashtag #ShopBlackSaturday. 


Black Business Month Tool Kit

In the link below you will find tips, sample social media posts, graphics and ideas on how to celebrate and promote Black Business Month! 

Black Business Month Toolkit


IL OMEE Business Resource Library - Business Basics Video Series

Minority business owners are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the U.S. – and Black women are at the top of the list. It is important that entrepreneurs have the right tools and information to be successful. This is why OMEE created the Business Resource Library, and partnered with the IL Small Business Development Center Network to develop the "Business Basics" series. The goal is to share easy-to-follow information on basic business concepts that business owners need to know in order to be successful. Each video is just 30 minute long.  More videos will be added in the future.

Business Basics Series


The State’s Black Business Month activities are presented by the DCEO Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE). OMEE plays a crucial role in providing support to minority owned businesses of all sizes and types, including connection with grants, technical assistance and incentives to bolster minority entrepreneurs and minority-owned enterprises. For more information on National Black Business Month events planned for businesses, contact Matthew J. Simpson, the African American Business Development Manager, at or to learn more about ongoing resources and programs for businesses, follow DCEO on social media @IllinoisDCEO.