That Brown Bag Business Association
What is the brown bag business association?
That Brown Bag (also referred to as ‘The Bag’) is a minority business directory founded August 23, 2018, by Shantelle Patton, to create a resource providing consumers with a one-stop shop to locate black owned businesses in Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding area. The publication has since expanded to add a Brown Bag Business Association which is a membership-based group centered around providing information and support to the businesses listed within the publication. The goal of That Brown Bag is to enhance the quality of life for African Americans and the WNY community through economic development, education, workforce development, community development, and legislative advocacy. Through our Brown Bag Business Association, we look to provide benefits that will not only help cultivate our members but also help the community grow.
That Brown Bag provides an annually published hard copy and digital business directory concentrating on highlighting black owned businesses in and around Buffalo, NY. ‘The Bag’ also provides social media promotion for the businesses through targeted cross promotion and networking.
With a goal of expanding the consumer base of Black owned business to promote longevity and sustainability, That Brown Bag has and will continue to network and grow its reach through social media, word of mouth, marketing, and continued education. We will continue to procure and add businesses as they open, evolve, and grow. Additionally, we will continue to provide business owners access to tips and information that could prove beneficial to the success of the company.
Association benefits include, but are not limited to: