Black Christmas? There’s an app for that.

A company called Around The Way, which is the fruit of a partnership between two companies located in New York and Washington, D.C., has created a mobile phone app that will help consumers find black-owned establishments.

The companies say they hope the Around The Way app will support and empower black-owned businesses, especially around this all-important Christmas shopping season. The app, which is available only for the Apple iPhone right now,can be downloaded from the Apple app store.

While the app doesn’t have all of the black-owned businesses in the U.S. yet, it does contain a substantial number and there’s a spot on the app’s website where you can add your business. “The app can locate 17,000 black-owned businesses in all 50 states. Many of the businesses are located in New York City, and other major metropolitan areas,” Eric Hamilton, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Around The Way wrote in an e-mail to The NorthStar News & Analysis.

Read more at Madame Noire.

Will you be using the Around the Way app for your holiday shopping?

What other ways can people of color use apps to help themselves and their communities?

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