by Simone Johnson
September 16, 2019
As a truck driver, Edward Dillard understands the struggle of searching for black-owned restaurants when in a different city. That’s why he created Eat Black Owned, a website that helps customers locate black-owned eateries around the country.
For nearly 15 years, Dillard has been a professional truck driver for a New Jersey company who travels across the nation up to five days a week. As a result, he knows that buying black is helpful for black business owners, but these businesses are not always easy to find.
Eat Black Owned was created to give customers a way to locate local black-owned restaurants based on their geographic location. There are more than 2,000 black-owned eateries on the site. And although he had no website design experience, Google and YouTube served as his guide.
“I believe that if people have a place where they can find all the minority-owned restaurants in this country, more of us will start to support these small businesses,” Dillard told The Philadephia Sun.
But Dillard’s site didn’t happen overnight. It took him five months to complete his research. On his own, he collected more than 2,000 names and addresses. On June 21, the site went live.