#BmoreFriday: Baltimore Businesses Use Social Media to Pick Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Riots
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

On a typical Friday in any city, leisure and nightlife bustles with fun, food and big crowds. But with the recent events in Baltimore, this is not your typical Friday.

According to reports, about 200 small businesses were unable to open after the violence that occurred during riots this week, which left extensive property damage. Reports also indicate that at least 15 structures and more than 100 vehicles were set on fire April 27.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake implemented a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew April 28, which also impacted businesses as well.

Communities began cleaning up after the violence, and many business owners have had to pick up the pieces, hoping that their insurance policies, loss of wages and goods and property damage will be covered by insurance as soon as possible.

A Twitter hashtag, #BmoreFriday, is among top trends on the popular social media platform today. On a day when news hit that six police officers are being charged in the death of Freddie Gray, small businesses have also taken action in a direction to get the city’s establishments and everyday life going in the aftermath of riots and protests.

Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

MORE ON BlackEnterprise.com