Black Shop Friday Partners With Target To Support Black Business Owners

Non-Profit Initiative Created to Help Chicagoans to “Shop Black” on Black Friday

Black Shop Friday Partners With Target To Support Black Business Owners
Non-Profit Initiative Created to Help Chicagoans to “Shop Black” on Black Friday

Black Shop Friday and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announce its new partnership and expanded campaign which encourages Chicagoans to shop at Black owned businesses on the Friday after Thanksgiving, commonly referred to as Black Friday. One of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Shop Friday is making it easier to identify and shop at more than 700 local Black-owned businesses. To view the full list of shops and community resources participating in Black Shop Friday, visit

For its second year, Black Shop Friday is partnering with Target to increase the impact of the program by providing retail training for participating businesses and expanding the reach of an integrated marketing campaign. As part of Target’s ongoing support of Black-owned businesses in every stage of development, it is encouraging participants to apply for its Target Accelerator Programs: Takeoff & Forward Founders which are designed to increase their potential for long-term
success in retail.

“Target remains focused on working alongside diverse
and minority business owners to accelerate their economic
opportunities and expand their growth,” said Maurice Cooper,
senior vice president marketing, Target. “Equity in access,
resources and exposure for Chicago business owners is key in
creating and sustaining generational wealth and we are proud
to partner with Black Shop Friday in this important work.”

The initial “Black Shop Friday” program was created by
Black and diverse staff members at Chicago-based agency
OKRP, led by Aubrey Walker, Executive Creative Director
in November 2020. The success of the program has led to
the establishment of Black Shop Friday as a 501c3 non-profit
organization dedicated to amplifying Black voices & culture.

In commenting on the creation of the concept, Aubrey
Walker, Executive Creative Director at OKRP said, “Black
Friday has been around for a long time, but what has been
missing is the Blackness. As we began thinking about things
we could do to address racial inequities, we were inspired by
programs that support the idea of shopping at Black-owned
businesses. We saw a way to add to that concept by flipping
Black Friday into Black Shop Friday and asking people to
add one Black-owned business to their shopping cart and
buy something really dope that supports the Black business

Black-Owned Businesses Reported Success

The award-winning initiative helped featured businesses see an increase in traffic due to the campaign and realize increased awareness with over 2MM impressions and engagement coming from a diverse population with people coming from all over the city to visit and support local businesses. In its second year, Black Shop Friday is seeing a 25% increase in participating businesses.

Nikki Bravo, co-founder of Momentum Coffee & Coworking
shared, “During last year’s Black Shop Friday campaign,
we saw a 25% increase in traffic and sales compared to the
prior week. It really made an impact on our bottom line and
created awareness in the community, giving us that boost
during a challenging time for small businesses.”

Another local business success was Chicago Upholstery and
Drapery. Owner Dale Forbes said, “Black Shop Friday gave
us visibility to consumers from other neighborhoods. I was
especially excited to the see diversity among new customers
and how passionate they were about shopping local and Black
owned. I’m excited for the 2021 program!”


Earlier this year, Black Shop Friday also collaborated with
Target to establish a majority-Black board of directors. Highly
decorated ad industry veteran Carol H. Williams is joining
Black Shop Friday as a board member and her agency, Carol
H. Williams Advertising, is also supporting the media campaign

Carol H. Williams shared, “We’re proud to support this
important, culturally relevant effort in Chicago and we’ve
enjoyed working with the team to make Black Friday real by
flipping the script to buying Black on Black Friday.”
Black Shop Friday has continued to receive support from
last year’s initial partners, the Chicago Urban League, the City
of Chicago and Edelman. The website
was built in 2020 by Geletka+, whose team has enhanced and
expanded site and delivered digital support.

“We know that Black-owned businesses have less access
to capital and other resources needed to be successful. With
Target providing retail training, resources and accelerator
programs, our communities will benefit,” said Chicago Urban
League President & CEO Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Black Shop
Friday is an important campaign to raise awareness of these
challenges, while also providing a mechanism for people who
want to be intentional about supporting black businesses.”

Established in 2021, Black Shop Friday is a non-profit organization
dedicated to growing awareness around Black-owned
businesses in an effort to create greater economic equality.
The Black Shop Friday campaign was originally created and
launched in 2020 by Black and diverse staff members at
Chicago-based agency OKRP. Learn more at www.blackshopfriday.

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