WILMINGTON, NC – Genesis Block, a community collaborative committed to building up the Black-owned business community block-by-block, is launching a Black-owned business directory this month as the first of three initiatives to drive business, job creation and community prosperity.

The directory, known as the Genesis List, provides community members with a way to identify and support Black-owned businesses in and around our region. It also provides Black-owned businesses with a marketing platform to promote their products and services directly to interested parties.

“Genesis Block is on a mission to help create a strong, vibrant and self-sustaining entrepreneurial class block-by-block, and we know we’re not alone,” said Tracey Newkirk, co-founder of Genesis Block. “The Genesis List will help countless individuals across our region find and support Black-owned businesses, helping to drive prosperity by growing and sustaining the small business community.”  

The Genesis List is a searchable directory available to the general public at Genesislist.com. Owners of Black-owned businesses are encouraged to contact Tracey, or co-founder, Girard Newkirk, at info@genesisblockilm.com if they’re interested in being added to the database.

Building on the momentum of the Genesis List launch, Genesis Block has also invited 10 minority-owned companies to participate in a 16-week nationally accredited acceleration program beginning later this month. The program is designed to help participants double their revenue, hire employees and strengthen their business profile in the community.

The third upcoming Genesis Block initiative scheduled for the beginning of 2021 is its ANZA app, serving as a unique database for prime contractors looking for certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) to utilize as subcontractors. In addition to the app, Genesis Block will offer one-of-a-kind training and coaching opportunities to help qualifying businesses achieve MBE status, providing both the knowledge and a physical space (the Genesis Block headquarters) to help them achieve this status and promote their business. The ANZA app will also include contractor- and user-based reviews and ratings, and is slated for release this February.

With these initiatives in place, Genesis Block is working to become the anchor institution for minority and women business growth and economic development in southeastern North Carolina. More information is available on the Genesis Block website at Genesisblockilm.com or its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/genesisblockilm/.

Genesis Block is supported by Wilmington entrepreneurial incubator and partner tekMountain, who provided $50,000 in funding to help support its mission and vision.

“This is an exciting time for Black-owned businesses in our community to achieve new levels of visibility and success, partnering with private- and public-sector organizations to access entrepreneurial resources which previously may have seemed out of reach,” said Joe Finley, CastleBranch and tekMountain co-founder.

tekMountain is owned by CastleBranch, a company dedicated to helping individuals, students, entrepreneurs, and dreamers successfully transition to and through their professional lives.

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