DEVELOP & GROW BLACK ENTERPRISES THAT ARE PROFITABLE & SUSTAINABLE
The vision for Black Business Pensacola is to be a resource for growing and developing African American businesses and the community as a whole. Our mission is to support our businesses to be profitable and sustainable .
WHERE WE ARE
The Shops - A Space for Visibility
In 2023, the Black business community in Pensacola introduced “The Shops,” a unique space dedicated to enhancing visibility. “The Shops” provided Black entrepreneurs with the opportunity to participate in a semi-monthly market, allowing them to showcase their products and services to the local community. This vibrant marketplace not only boosted their visibility but also served as an inspiring environment for business growth and success.
Building Community Awareness
That same year, Barbara Tyson’s vision expanded as she initiated the development of a comprehensive Black business directory. This directory became a vital tool for raising awareness about the wide array of Black-owned businesses in Pensacola, shedding light on their products and services and their critical role in the community.
The EntrepreNOIR Institute
Also in 2023, the community celebrated the launch of the EntrepreNOIR Institute. This virtual platform was designed to provide Black entrepreneurs with access to a range of educational resources and courses. Its purpose was to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for running thriving businesses, ensuring a brighter future for Black businesses in Pensacola.
Inaugural Black Business Gala
In 2020, Pensacola’s Black business community witnessed the launch of the inaugural Black Business Gala. This annual event aimed to serve as a platform for showcasing and highlighting the accomplishments of Black entrepreneurs within the Pensacola community. It also provided a unique networking opportunity for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Founding the Vision
In 2019, Barbara Tyson laid the foundation for an ambitious vision. Her dream was to create a dedicated space that could provide essential resources and information to support the growth of Black entrepreneurs and business owners in Pensacola.