Leonard J. Young, CEO of National Black Guide, LLC Relaunched The BlackGuide

Leonard J. Young, CEO of National Black Guide, LLC has relaunched the BlackGuide app (http://www.blackguideapp.com) adding new features after hearing feedback from users on what the original app was missing combined with their overall troubles finding ways to support black businesses and events locally and while traveling.

The BlackGuide App connects to the NationalBlackGuide.com website and provides local/national news, an events calendar, and a black business directory that connects you to black businesses closest to you. The BlackGuide app will soon add a marketplace classifieds section, forthcoming entrepreneur of the month, and a few more featured items of benefit.

“We are excited to relaunch this innovative app that will help stimulate economic development in our communities and recycle the black dollar. The best part of the BlackGuide app is that the content is 90% user-generated. As people add their events and businesses to the website (once approved), they are available to be accessed through the website and app.” says CEO Leonard J. Young.

National Black Guide, LLC believes that this app will make it simple to find and support local black-owned businesses. According to the latest data from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, African Americans own 2.6 million small businesses. The BlackGuide app is geared to empower individuals to have more options regarding ways they can be informed of and support these businesses. Black Businesses can submit their information at NationalBlackGuide.com/advertise.

Tammy Reese: As the CEO of National Black Guide, LLC, what impact do you intend to make through your
business?

Leonard J. Young: I built NationalBlackGuide.com with the intention of helping the black community recycle black dollars and bring more awareness to black businesses and events. Our numerous platforms across social media, our BlackGuide app, and online allow our users and subscribers to have easy access to find black-owned businesses nationwide.

The website and app offer a black business directory, event calendar, and city-based and national news. The BlackGuide app specifically allows users to stay up to date while on the go. We intend for NationalBlackGuide.com to be a one-stop-shop for the Black community.

Tammy Reese: When a business submits their information to be listed on the directory, how long does the process take to show up on the website?

Leonard J. Young: Submitted businesses are usually approved within 24-48 hours.

Tammy Reese: How about when a press release is submitted?

Leonard J. Young: Press releases are also usually approved in 24-48 hours.

Tammy Reese: What feedback have you received from entrepreneurs who are apart of the network?

Leonard J. Young: The best feedback for us is continued business, and we have several businesses that advertise
with us on a weekly basis because they see a consistent uptick in support and purchases from being featured on our platforms.

Tammy Reese: What do you love most about the app?

Leonard J. Young: The 2 things I love most about the app are that it’s a complete resource for people in any city in the US offering the things that many Black Americans care about the most which are supporting black businesses and finding events.

I also love the fact that a majority of the information on the app is submitted by our users, so it’s not just the NationalBlackGuide.com’s BlackGuide app … it’s an app of the people.

Tammy Reese: What is the process to be listed as a forthcoming entrepreneur of the month?

Leonard J. Young: We will be soliciting an Entrepreneur of the Month as a paid feature starting in May. We will
highlight one black entrepreneur via all our outlets including the app, website, email, social media platforms, and paid press.

Tammy Reese: What else can entrepreneurs be on the lookout for from the black guide app?

Leonard J. Young: In the next few months, we have some great partnerships coming up. These partnerships will
allow us to grow the density of the black businesses in our directory and provide more visibility to the website and app.

Tammy Reese: What else would you like for our readers to know about Black National Guide and the Black
Guide App?

Leonard J. Young: We appreciate all the support and positive feedback that we have received in the last month and ask that people continue to spread the word about the NationalBlackGuide.com and the businesses in our directory and provide more visibility to the website and app.

Tammy Reese: What else would you like for our readers to know about Black National Guide and the Black
Guide App?

Leonard J. Young: We appreciate all the support and positive feedback that we have received in the last month and ask that people continue to spread the word about the NationalBlackGuide.com and the BlackGuide app.

Not only can businesses be listed in our directory, but also community organizations and nonprofits such as churches, alumni associations, fraternities, and sororities, and more.

Download the BlackGuide app, sign up for our email list and follow us on all our social media platforms.

 

National Black Guide, LLC has been catering to the African American community for over 10 years by providing news, black business directories, events calendars, and networking opportunities to a combined population of over 10 million. Download the BlackGuide App Today! Currently available on the Apple App StoreAmazon Apps, and the Samsung Galaxy Store

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