Gem City Black Business Month issues challenge to begin second year of promotion program

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Starting Friday and for every Friday in August, four people will win $25 each if they successfully answer a challenge set up as part of a special promotion program to support black-owned downtown businesses.

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The weekly giveaways of Downtown Dollars are among 20 events planned during Gem City Black Business Month, including the Downtown Black Business Challenge. The challenge encourages everyone who visits the downtown to patronize the businesses, buy something and submit a receipt for the chance to win a prize.

“We are proud of all our locally owned downtown businesses, but it’s especially exciting to see so much growth downtown in our community of black-owned businesses,” Sand Gudorf, Downtown Dayton Partnership president, said in a statement Wednesday.

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At the end of the month, one grand prize winner will receive $100 Downtown Dollars. To enter, shoppers need to photograph themselves patronizing a black-owned business or photograph a receipt from a purchase and text it to 937-668-7227. Each picture taken at a unique participating business counts as one entry.

There’s a map of eligible businesses at Black Business Challenge.

This is the second year for the Gem City Black Business Month in Dayton. Visit the Launch Dayton website for a listing of events happening throughout August.