Black Dollar Days Task Force: Building Community Responsibility for Economic Prosperity

Letter from the Editor

The Black Dollar Days Task Force (BDDTF) is very happy to announce the publication of the 22nd edition of the African American Business Directory (AABD). We are always looking for ways to improve the directory and make it affordable for all small businesses. To that effect this year, we changed the pricing structure, raising the cost of display ads and providing free basic four lines listings. However, the response wasn‚t as we thought it would, even though we gained some new businesses and advertisers, we lost small businesses in part due to closures. We hope that we could find ways to sustain our small businesses. For the 23rd edition we will lower the display ad prices in the hope to bring in more people, charge a minimal fee for basic listings to help support the publication.

The directory is a valuable resource. It is the only hard copy compilation of small African American Businesses in the Northwest. A few years back we expended the publication to include all ethnicities and include more small businesses. Distributed to consumers who are looking for the services and products for their needs, the directory represents one of the best values you can get for your advertising and marketing dollar. It is distributed in the Greater Seattle, Tacoma, Lacey/Olympia & Portland areas.

Available online in a pdf form for easy download and in a searchable version, businesses listed in the directory are also featured on the website. Consumers can search for businesses by name, category and city. In addition, listings can include a direct link to a business own website from the BDDTF's website at

We would like to encourage individuals, small and large businesses, corporations and organizations from all represented communities to promote themselves in this directory by purchasing ads and listings, sponsorship or donations, both to demonstrate economic independence and solidarity, and to support this worthy cause.

During these critical economic times, the only way we will survive is by helping each other. We have the merchants in place to do just that.

We would like to extend our thanks to all of you who have helped make this directory a success. You have been financial contributors as well as generous givers of your time. Our thanks to all the businesses that trusted us with your advertisements and to all the sponsors who supported

the directory.

We also want to thanks our publisher, Seattle Publishing, that works so hard

with me to make this publication a success. There is no way I could do this without them. They go beyond the call of duty each year to make it the best

book possible.

We value any comments you may have about the directory and we look forward to publishing the 23rd edition, a process that will start immediately following this year's publication. We urge you to place your orders now, and encourage others to advertise in the directory

as well.

For complete information about Black Dollar Days Task Force, and other initiatives that promote and support the BDDTF's mission and goals, visit and

Wishing you all a great successful year.

Lottie Cross,
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Black Dollar Days Task Force (BDDTF)
Senior Editor of the African American Business Directory (AABD)


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  • It is Time to Get your Ad In the 23rd edition of the AABD Directory

    After much demand of the African American Business Directory. I am going to up date for the 23rd edition. I need your help to make this the biggest and best directory ever. This year we will include ALL small businesses. Please don't wait until the last minute to get your order in and miss out. It helps me when you send your order and payment in early. I need your support to get the word out. Thanks

    For information contact Lottie Cross at 206-324-3114 or 206-2710311 for more information.

  • The AABD Directory Returns in 2017

    The Black Dollar Days Task Force is pleased to announced the return of the AABD Directory.

    Work in currently being done to secure sponsors and advertisers as well as update the directory listing information in preparation for and early 2017 distribution.

    Should your past listing need to be updated or should you be interested in advertising or sponsoring the book, please contact Lottie Cross at or call 206-324-3114.