Freeport woman creates website to advertise black businesses on LI

A Freeport woman raises awareness and support for Black-owned businesses on Long Island.

Alicia Ray was looking for a black hairstylist a few years ago and couldn’t easily find one, so she decided to do something about it.

“I have a background in web design, so I probably coded this website in a few hours on my couch,” says Ray. “It hasn’t stopped since.”

Ray created a website called Black Owned Long Island to connect businesses with consumers and raise awareness for Black-owned businesses in the area.

The website started with a few restaurants, but now includes over 100 restaurants.

“We really have a great collection of black-owned businesses in a number of different categories,” says Ray. “Beauty, Health, Food & Beverage and Real Estate Financial Services.”

Ray says it’s important to celebrate recognized black businesses and support them throughout the year.

She moved to Long Island 10 years ago and now calls it home and wants to improve it.

“I’ve always been a Long Islander and so anything I can do to add value to my community will always be my top priority,” Ray says. “I’m glad it was a gift and it was helpful.”

Rays says she wants to help make Long Island’s future more diverse and inclusive.

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