About BBA



For Over 30 Years!
The Black Business Association (BBA) is a nonprofit 501
(c) (3) corporation established in 1974 as the American Black Merchants Association.  Initially, the organization was comprised of local African American grocery store owners.  The name was later changed to represent the broadened diversity of its membership.

The BBA is the largest trade association of its type in the Mid-South.  Among BBA members are self-employed professionals, entrepreneurs, churches, economic development organizations and corporations who all unite behind a single goal of empowerment through entrepreneurship and improvement of business and growth opportunities for minority and women owned business. 

Our community network and outreach efforts are designed to direct consumer spending toward our members. We are proud to celebrate over 30 years of service!


The Black Business Association of Memphis aims to:

Reinforce the positive image of Black & Minority businesses  

Promote BBA member businesses to consumers and other bsuinesses

Promote cooperation among BBA member businesses and the greater community

Promote participation of the Black community in ownership of businesses through investment, counseling and training

Promote the creation, expansion and development of businesses that employ black people and other minorities

Promote the assets of Black neighborhoods and encourage businesses to relocate within them