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It is no secret that Black-owned businesses have been historically underrepresented in the public markets. Despite the fact that there are over 3 million Black-owned businesses, historical lack of access to capital and resources has made it difficult to compete in the public markets.

There are more Black-owned publicly traded companies than ever before, we are still underrepresented. In fact, even though Black-owned businesses make up a significant portion of the U.S. economy, only a small percentage of public companies are owned by minorities.

Below is a list of 10 Black-owned publicly traded companies, along with their stock symbol, latest closing price, and website link. 1 and if. you’re keeping track, the BLAC Finance stock ticker includes them all. Here we go:

  1. RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ): $17.45,
  2. Urban One, Inc. (UONE): $5.25,
  3. Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT): $38.35,
  4. Carver Bancorp, Inc. (CARV): $6.20,
  5. Broadway Financial Corp. (BYFC): $2.90,
  6. Ping Identity Holding Corp. (PING): $26.50,
  7. Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (AXSM): $50.20,
  8. American Shared Hospital Services (AMS): $2.50,
  9. Citizens Bancshares Corporation (CZBS): $11.50,
  10. Natera, Inc. (NTRA): $22.90,

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Investing in Black-owned stock is one way to support Black-owned businesses and help close the racial wealth gap. According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, Black-owned businesses accounted for only 4.3% of all businesses in the U.S. in 2017, and only 0.4% of all businesses were publicly traded. This means that there is still a lot of work to be done in order to increase the number of Black-owned businesses that are publicly traded.

Dream Exchange is looking to change this by forming the first Minority-owned company to operate a stock exchange and venture exchange to trade small business stock. The company’s mission is to provide an alternative trading platform where minority-owned businesses can access capital, grow and create jobs in their communities. It also aims to create a new standard for transparency and accountability within the exchange industry by giving investors the same level of information they would receive from Wall Street.

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  1. Sources: Investopedia, Tiicker, Pew Research Center 

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