BAOBOB (Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Businesses) is a membership organization committed to connecting, promoting, informing and representing Black owned and led businesses and nonprofits throughout the Bay Area. BAOBOB is a program of Cowrie Village, an organization committed to working for the economic empowerment of Black people, our offspring and our allies in the inner city. Cowrie Village is a fiscally sponsored project of Empowerment Works, a recognized 501c3.
BAOBOB offers its members:
Value: synchronized social media, joint marketing opportunities, effective and affordable promotional space
Solidarity: dynamic searchable platform, pinpoint your dollars within the black business community; exclusive BAOBOB member and ally discounts
Celebration: events such as #blackoutblackfriday2015 and other #buyblack BAOBOB promotions; monthly featured members business campaign
Accommodation: easy pricing options and membership levels
Growth: useful workshops (legal, marketing and social media; financial, etc), other exciting new benefits and support announcements
Voice: a platform for member feedback and input to fine tune membership benefits and better serve our community
BAOBOB members agree:
My business is Black owned or run with a balanced representation of Blacks in leadership.
My business supports cooperative economics and openly seeks to strengthen the black community via cooperative economics, Ujamaa, the fourth principle of Kwanzaa.
My business values quality customer service and endeavors to provide the highest customer satisfaction with every transaction.
My business acknowledges the systemic racism that restricts access and divides communities of color and we want to be part of changing that.