Support Black-Owned Businesses!

The Black Star Project actively campaigns to raise awareness of how we spend money, and how that money spent shapes our communities. Blacks in America have about a $1.3 trillion gross national income. Only 2% of that money, about $26 billion, is re-circulated in the black community.

Now, more than ever, we MUST support our Black-owned businesses. Chicago list (coming soon!)

AfroBiz World - Black-owned business directory for the US.

Black Pages International - Online and Print Directory for Minority-owned businesses.

Secret Chicago: Black-Owned Restaurants in Chicago - Chicagoland area Black-owned Restaurants.

Blackout: Black US Banks - US Map of Black Banks and Credit Unions.



Building Chicago's Next CEO (BCNC)

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BCNC is designed to expose youth to details of starting and running their own business. Building Chicago's Next CEO program will recruit up to 10 youth from targeted neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Chicago, including Bronzeville, Englewood, Lawndale, and South Shore.

During the 8-week session, participants will develop entrepreneurial ideas and create business plans, attend workshops with professional speakers on financial literacy, investments, resume writing, social media and more.

Are you ready to be Chicago’s Next CEO?

The 2020 Summer program begins June 22nd. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. Text BCNC to 847-349-4356 to apply or Click here to apply!


Kwanzaa Celebration and Business Showcase

Come join us for our Kwanzaa event on December 28th as we celebrate our ancestors! There will be food, entertainment, vendors, and more. Afrika Porter and Revin Fellows will be hosting. Don't forget to register for this FREE event that the whole family can enjoy through Eventbrite!

Black Star Kwanzaa Celebration and Business Showcase Tickets


COVID-19 Resources

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Black History Feature:

Acknowledging Our Ancestors...

© 2019 by Samuel Mills


SAM'S INTRO: I was wondering who might begin our Black History Month "Ancestor" series, when he walked in...and THIS Chicago-based brother, I knew very well. He had the bespectacled, very intelligent appearance of a college professor, full of knowledge to share with anyone, especially young people of color, and it was obvious that he placed a high premium on education! The down-to-earth attitude of this community activist and civil servant relaxed me immediately...and thus we began our interview:

"I was born on September 22, 1950 in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens