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Major Online Shops Including Etsy, Yelp, Uber Eats Boost Visibility Of Minority-Owned Businesses

By AHN Staff Writer

September 27, 2022

The pandemic has devastated minority-owned businesses. Only 31% of Black-owned enterprises and 44% of Hispanic-owned businesses got Paycheck Protection Program aid, according to the Federal Reserve.

To raise awareness and support minority-owned companies across the country, major online shops and delivery systems are now showcasing Asian, Black, LGBTQ, and female entrepreneurs.

Amazon Launchpad enables vendors to identify on their “seller credentials” page if they are Black-owned, Latinx-owned, or women-owned.

DoorDash allows you to search for Black-owned restaurants in numerous US cities with “Black-owned” and “women-owned” tags on all company profiles. DoorDash Merchant Support can add the tag to a business’s profile.

Etsy lets shoppers search for Asian, AAPI, Black, handicapped, Jewish, Latinx, Native, female, LGBTQ, as well as veteran and military family-run businesses.

Google Business Profiles that are verified can add “Black-owned,” “women-led,” and “LGBTQ-owned” attributes to Google Search, Shopping, and Maps.

Macy’s Diverse Owned Brands section of its website features hundreds of items from minority-helmed brands, including those manufactured by AAPI, Blacks, Latinos and Hispanics, LGBTQ persons, and women.

The Intentionalist sorts for Asian-owned, Black-owned, Latino-owned, LGBTQ-owned, Native-owned, veteran-owned and woman-owned companies.

Uber Eats has partnered with the EatOkra app, which connects diners to Black-owned eateries, restaurants and food trucks in cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.

Yelp allows businesses to self-identify as Black-owned. Yelp’s Ones to Watch series also spotlights top Asian-, Black-, Latinx-, LGBTQ- and women-owned businesses around the country. Businesses can also categorize themselves as “open to all,” which means that they welcome anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion or disability.