Reported by Liku Zelleke
African Americans residing in Chicago will now have access to a composite list of businesses that are owned by blacks. Included in the searchable list are hotels, healthcare and medical institutions, arts and entertainment establishments, and travel agencies to name a few.
Called the McCabe Market Minority Business Locator, the list is an online portal that helps people seeking to control their buying power and further support minority-owned businesses.
The site was designed and built by McCabe Gardener who is a front-end web developer and designer.
He said, “After hours of research, I discovered most sites fell short of providing the user with the utmost optimum browsing experience. Most sites I visited lacked professional design, were non-intuitive to the customer, and provided horribly outdated databases that included closed and non-minority businesses.”
Now a CEO of his own directory site, McCabe Market, Gardner says he aspires for his creation to have a big influence on prosperity that comes from people knowing their buying power and the effect it has both in their own and neighboring communities.
Gardner first tested the waters six months ago and got the feedback he needed.
“In response to all of the problems African Americans have had with the police in Ferguson and in other cities across the nation,” he said, “users have responded positively to the site in saying that it’s time we take back our power. And the best way to do that is to control our buying power. African Americans have 1 trillion dollars in spending power in the United States and we should spend those dollars with our own businesses.”
The actual launch is expected to take place within a month, but Gardner says Chicago’s not the only city he has his eyes on, stating “Our long-term goal is to add in businesses from Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina and then expand from there.”