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Q: Where can I find a listing of minority-owned auto dealerships in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area?
–J.B. Scott, Washington, D.C.

A: A resource for finding minority-owned businesses in general is the National Directory of Minority-Owned Business Firms. This is a 1,000-plus pages directory published by Business Research Services Inc. Published annually, it has a hefty price tag ($275), so you might want to see if your local library has a copy, or you can search its Website ( for a listing of 8(a) certified companies. Business Research Services can be reached at 202-364-6473. It’s located in Washington, D.C.

For auto dealers specifically, a good place to start would be the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Founded in 1980, NAMAD is a 500-member nonprofit organization intended to help expand opportunities for ethnic minorities in the automotive industry. It can let you know on a per-state basis which dealerships are minority owned. NAMAD can be reached toll-free at 800-279-4866, over the Internet at, or by mail at 8401 Corporate Dr., Suite 405, Lanham, MD 20785.

In addition, call your local Chamber of Commerce. Certain cities even have minority-sponsored Chambers of Commerce, such as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ( or the National Black Chamber of Commerce ( By calling information, you can determine if there’s one in your area.

You can access a list of the top African American-owned auto dealers by logging on to and clicking on the BE 100s tab at the top of the page.

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