15 St. Cloud Black-owned businesses to support in Black History Month

Robert Hundley

ST. CLOUD — Greater St. Cloud is home to a wide variety of Black-owned businesses, from catering companies to hair supply stores to creatives and makers — and more.

February is Black History Month, an annual occasion that started as a week-long observance in 1925 and expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976.

In 2017, Native Americans and people of color owned 11.1% of the more than half a million businesses in Minnesota, which is nearly double the rate it was ten years earlier, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in 2021. In this designation, people of color includes Asian, Black and Latinx Minnesotans.

In 2017, Native Americans and people of color made up nearly 19% of Minnesota’s population between the ages of 20 and 64.

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