About Us

What Is That Brown Bag?

Founded on August 23, 2018, That Brown Bag, also known as 'The Bag', serves as a minority business directory that facilitates the search for black-owned businesses in and around Buffalo, NY. With the publication's success, an associated Brown Bag Business Association was established, catering to the businesses within the directory through support and information exchange. The ultimate objective of That Brown Bag is to contribute to the economic, educational, and community development of WNY, and to promote legislative advocacy on behalf of African Americans. Through the Brown Bag Business Association, members can take advantage of the resources provided to bolster their businesses and help to foster community growth.


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