BLACK OWNED BUSINESS PORTAL – BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Unifying our Community one business at a time…Connecting Black Owned Businesses with the Supporters of Black Owned Businesses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can register for a directory listing? ?
Any “verified” business can register for a listing in the Black Owned Business Portal – Business Directory. The goal of the directory is to promote awareness of black owned global businesses and services.
What are my directory options and what does it cost? ?
Currently, you can select from a Bronze listing or a Silver listing. Both listings include a full-page listing that includes business name, address, phone number, and contact name; and a listing in one business category (example: auto repair, accounting, hair salons/barbers, etc.).
The Bronze listing includes a 25-word description of services; the Silver, 75 words. The Silver listing also includes an email link to facilitate easy contact with your business or organization; an extended profile that includes years in business, professional affiliations, and number of employees. Your company appears in bold face and appears before the bronze listings in the search result. Bronze listings are free to businesses or organizations physically located in Dallas, Texas (20-mile radius); other businesses pay $100 per year for the listing. Silver listings are free to BlackOP Staff members; however, there is a charge of $100/year for entities in Dallas, Texas; others pay $150/year. Those selecting the Silver listing also can choose, for a nominal $25, to link to your web site. If your business or service fits multiple categories (example: Landscaping and Construction), you may purchase additional categories for $25 each. Remember, you receive one category with your Bronze or Silver package. These nominal charges support the cost of maintaining and developing BlackOBP Online, and are priced far below other comparable online directories. Black Owned Business Portal’s Business Directory is a cost-effective Internet presence for black businesses and organizations. If you decide to remove your directory listing, for any reason, there is no refund.
What if I don’t find a directory category that fits my business or organization? ?
While the business directory covers a broad cross-section of categories, a business or organization may not find a category that describes its services. If possible, please use the existing categories; if you find this unworkable, please email your concern to info@BlackOBP.com. The BOBP will decide whether it can accommodate a request for a new category, as the addition may have broader impact on the directory organization and maintenance.
What if I am a member of the Black Owned Business Portal Team?
Members of the BOBP are entitled to a free Silver listing. Additional rates apply for a web site link or additional categories. The BOBP’s logo also appears at the end of your listing as a visual reminder of your support for economic growth and development of the Black Owned Business Portal initiative.
How will visitors find my directory listing?
The BOBP will actively promote BlackOBP.com through a variety of community venues, media coverage, social media campaigns and registration on various Internet search engines. Once visitors access the site, the Black Owned Business Portal’s Business Directory is easily accessible from the homepage. Once visitors click on the directory link, they will quickly find the search feature, which allows them to search by keyword, product or service, or access the entire list of businesses and organizations in the directory..
How do I register for a directory listing?
If you have Internet access, you can register by going to www.BlackOBP.com/Directory …. Click on the “Business Directory” section, and then “Register” on the left side of the page. Just follow the directions, agree to the terms and conditions, and submit your registration. The contact person identified during registration will receive immediate confirmation that your directory listing was successfully submitted. Within two or three business days, your directory listing should appear in the Black Owned Business Portal Business Directory, after a BOBP member reviews it. If there are any associated fees, the contact person will receive notification of fees due. Fees must be paid by online via electronic payment method as to mitigate any delays. If at all possible, we ask that businesses and organizations register online to reduce the number of volunteer hours needed to develop and maintain this directory.
How do I change or update my directory listing?
You control the content in your directory listing and have the capability to update it online whenever you need to make a change. During the online registration process, you will www.blackobp.com and choose a username and password. Record this information in safe place for future reference. When you want to make a change, go to www.blackobp.com, select the “Business Directory” link, then click on “Make Changes.” Your username and password will give you access to the ability to edit your listing. If, during the editing process, you upgrade your listing, you will need to send any associated fees by paying online via electronic payment method within 7 days. Your changes will be reviewed by a BOBP member; and generally online within two to three business days after submission.
How will I renew my listing?
Directory listings are for the term of one year, with an anniversary date the day the listing first appears on BlackOBP.com. Notices for renewals will be sent to the identified contact person, generally 30 days in advance of the anniversary date. Payment must be received by the BOBP by the anniversary date or service may be suspended.
What is a %22pinned%22 post?
- A pinned post is located at the top of BOBP’s Timeline in the left column.
- Only “one” pin-post can exist at a time.
- A pinned post will stay at the top of your BOBP’s Timeline for 7 days, nless you unpinn prior to the 7th day.
- To purchase a “pinned” post, click on “shop” at upper right menu bar icon to purchase. A drop-down menu will appear, choose purchase “Pin Post.”
- To unpin a post, click on the edit pencil icon in the upper-right corner of the pinned post and you will see the option to unpin the post in the drop-down menu.