About Us

What Is That Brown Bag?

That Brown Bag (also referred to as ‘The Bag’) is a minority business directory founded August 23, 2018 to create a resource providing consumers with a one-stop shop to locate black owned businesses in Buffalo, NY, and the surrounding area. The publication has since expanded to add a Brown Bag Business Association which is a membership-based group centered around providing information and support to the businesses listed within the publication.

The goal of That Brown Bag is to enhance the quality of life for African Americans and the WNY community through economic development, education, workforce development, community development, and legislative advocacy.  Through our Brown Bag Business Association, we look to provide benefits that will not only help cultivate our members but also help the community grow. 


To create, build, and sustain the quality of life and business opportunities for the African American community through business education, African American cultural values, legislative advocacy, and economic development.
To inspire, educate, and create economic vitality and sustainability within the African American community.
We help grow businesses by being:
  • Professional
  • Ethical
  • Inclusive
  • Honest
  • Innovative
  • Visionary
  • Accountable