National Black Business Month Bingo Is Coming – August 2021

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Get ready Dayton for a month of Bingo fun eating, drinking and being merry for National Black Business month.

Welcome to National Black Business Month Bingo in Dayton!

What’s For Dessert is partnering with Dayton Weekly News and 24 black owned businesses in the Dayton region to celebrate National Black Busniess Month (August 2021) with a month long game of Bingo!

During this month, individuals across the Dayton region are invited to shop, eat and give their way to a bingo. Bingo cards featuring the participating businesses will be available electrocially here and in the Dayton Weekly News beginning Friday, July 30.

All eligible entries submitted by Wednesday, September 1 will be entered into a drawing for prizes including gift cards, products and a grand prize of $100 cash!

More details below!

What Is National Black Business Month?

Established in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan, Sr., National Black Business Month to “drive the policy agenda affecting the 2.6 million African-American businesses” according to the website. In a recent report from the U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce, The 2021 BLACKprint, prior to the pandemic those black businesses generated more than $150 billion in revenue and employed 1 million plus workers. However, many black-owned businesses suffered significant loss as result of the pandemic. In the BLACKprint, the Chamber outlines three priorities to increase black wealth:

  1. Increase deposits and loans with Black-owned banks.
  2. Increase Black home ownership to over 50% nationwide.
  3. Grow the number of Black-owned businesses from 2.6 million to 4 million and total
    gross receipts from an average of $72,500.00 to $150,000.00.

It is the expectation that the policy and decision makers these prioities their priorities as an opportunity to assist black businesses during this economic recovery. The overarching goal of the Chamber is to restore existing and launch more black owned businesses, to increase the economic viability of those entities; thus, increasing wealth among African Americans and directly narrowing the income inequality gap.

While I am not a policy maker, as a small business owner I do consider myself a decision maker. As such, I decided the number one way I and other everyday citizens can move the needle on the wealth gap is by focusing on priority #3 (b) – “grow…gross receipts” of black owned businesses. This is exactly what National Black Business Month Bingo is designed to do.

How To Play, How To Win

You Can’t Win, If You Don’t Play

The rules of this game are simple, easy and fun to do. When you play, everybody wins!

Bingo Cards available Friday, July 30.

Download and print the Bingo Card or screen shot and save on your phone. You will need this to see which businesses you need to patronize in order to get Bingo.

Make a bingo by supporting five listed businesses in a row (horizontal, vertical and diagonal) during the month of August. As you can see, we have a variety of unique and interesting businesses to make it easy for you to get Bingo.

Take a picture of your receipts as you go. Just snap a picture with your phone. The point of the game is to expose more people to some of the awesome businesses in the Greater Dayton Region and to get people supporting them. Your receipts are evidence that we achieved that goal.

Submit your receipts along with your bingo card, name and email address to info@whats-for-dessert.com by Wednesday, September 1 midnight.

Ready To Play! Bingo Cards will be ready for download from this site on Friday, July 30, 2021. You can also provide your email address below and have a Bingo card delivered right to your email on Friday 30, 2021.

The rules of this game are simple, easy peasy, mac and cheesy (kinda like the colors of our website and poster.)

Download and print the Bingo Card or screen shot and save on your phone.

Make a bingo by supporting five listed businesses in a row (horizontal, vertical and diagonal) between July 30 and September 1.

Take a picture of your receipts as you go. Just snap a picture with your phone.

Submit your receipts along with your bingo card, name and email address to info@whats-for-dessert.com by Wednesday, September 1 at midnight.

Participating Businesses

We are thrilled to have so many awesome rock star businesses participating in this fantastic month of Bingo! Get ready to support the following businesses come August. (Click this link to connect to participating businesses as of June 11, 2021)


National Black Business Month Bingo Dayton was inspired by my desire to add an economic and philanthropy impact component to the yearly celebration of activities that take place in Dayton, Ohio. This is how I chose to build a community of giving and wealth generation.

Yvette Kelly-Fields, Owner, What’s For Desset


Benefiting Charity – Westwood Dayton Metro!

The proceeds from National Black Business Month Dayton Bingo fees paid by participating businesses will help fund the Play With Purpose outdoor area to be installed this Fall at the new West Dayton Metro Library on West Third Street. We could think of no better way to celebrate National Black Business Month than by building business, education and our community. Read more about the new library coming to West Dayton and consider a donation to the Dayton Metro Library.

Media Sponsor – Dayton Weekly News!

National Black Business Month Bingo is proud to have Dayton Weekly News as our media partner. The Dayton Weekly News is the oldest newspaper in the Dayton Region dedicated to news about African Americans.