IBRHA’s mission is to promote outstanding Black hospitality and retail businesses and grow the local economy. With more than 123.9 million visits to the top 10 most populated Black cities annually, billions of dollars flow through local economies daily. Even post-Covid, development, special event, and tourism-related investments are happening, and increase traffic means:
- More jobs and an enhanced economy
- Better community infrastructure development
- A sense of optimism
- A healthier bottom line for your business
Below, learn specific business benefits when joining IBRHA or click the get started button to become a member.
Benefits To Your Business
CONNECTIONS & COLLABORATIONS
Cultivate relationships with leading industry professionals, partners, and advisors that can help you grow, scale, and expand your business. Participate in regular social, educational events, and masterclasses. All events are curated to build your business in marketing, sales, management, customer service, technology, and sustainability. Most (but not all) are free.
STRATEGIC MARKETING & PROMOTION
IBRHA aggressively promotes Black-owned businesses, cultural attractions, and special events within the city’s neighborhoods through strategic marketing programs. We coordinate with citywide events, festivals, and more to create compelling multimedia content to the expectations and trends of the marketplace.
Reach more visitors and showcase your business or services to those who are interested in Black hospitality and cultural experiences. Blackstarrated.com is the marquee program of IBRHA, and the official travel, tourism, and visitor website for the Black hospitality and travel industry. Your business can participate in four distinct ways: banners and footers, business listings, event calendar, and sponsored content.
IBRHA Publications & Guides
Your membership also includes listings in IBRHA’s official print and digital publications.
Black Star Rated
Print & digital; distributed to Mainstreet hotels, airports, attractions, media outlets, and provided by request to consumers and members for reference and distribution.
Black Star Rated Insiders & Influencers (Planners Guide)
Print & digital; distributed to industry professionals, planners, partners, and influencers and provided by request to members for reference and distribution.
Print and digital; We include your listing with your membership, and we publish our guided maps in domestic and international editions.
Members can also receive discounted advertising rates in our official publications and on blackstarrated.org.
IBRHA can help amplify your business online through social media promotion. You can also use our hashtags to promote your content, and when your story is relevant, we may and repost it or add it to our features. Our dedicated hashtags include:
Facebook| Twitter| Instagram| YouTube: /blackstarrated and @blackstarrated
Linkedin| Facebook| Twitter| Instagram| YouTube: /ibrhaorg and @ibrhaorg
Leads & Referrals
IBRHA Blackbook staff concierges, planners, tour operators, making recommendations, IBRHA’s Blackbook is hand distributed by our team, generating a potential pipeline for your business.
RESOURCES & SUPPORT
News, Tools, & Resources
Receive our members-only newsletter featuring the latest business news, market research, and industry insight. Be the best entrepreneur, and equip your senior leaders and teams with ideas, tools, and information that works.
By joining IBRHA, you connect to a coalition that keeps our members informed on decisions and politics that impact our industry and the Black business community as a whole. Operation Direct Action Committee maintains visibility by engaging with our legislators, advancing, supporting, protecting, and building partnerships. We also communicate our collective mission, interests, successes, and needs to key civic stakeholders.
Receive a curated city plan and events calendar that includes confirmed upcoming meetings and events for the next five years.
IBRHA is the network to find the best Black talent in our industry. Post open positions by emailing the company name, position title, and link for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post on our job board for three months. The job board is in the footer of IBRHA.org, under Industry Careers.
IBRHA wants to help your business. Email IBRHA and share your news, press releases, accomplishments, challenges, and stories. IBRHA assists in keeping your business information current and refreshing your features so you can remain present. We will include the most relevant news in media pitches to domestic, international, and trade media as appropriate.
The Black business community wouldn’t be what it is today without us pulling together our ideas, information, and partnering for collective impact.The International Black Restaurant & Hospitality Association simply provides a membership community that will strengthen your bottom line, your influence, and the community in which you serve. If you’re not a member yet, click below to get started and join IBRHA now.