About Black-Owned Long Island

How Did We Get Here?

In 2017 a small group of Long Island’s business leaders, consumers, and influencers, to discuss the challenges black Long Islanders and black business owners face on the Island. The group continued to expand and within a few months formed an advisory committee to identify key goals and develop plans for amplifying black-owned businesses into what would later become the Black-Owned Long Island. 

The idea is not biased against other business on Long Island. Instead, our goal is to be a catalyst for Black-Owned companies and connect them with consumers that are interested in their business. 

Making Connections

Black-Owned Long Island is a curated guide to Black-owned, Long Island-based brands, and their founders. The platform was created out of a need to find and support businesses and organizations that are owned and operated by black entrepreneurs and influencers to continue to build wealth in the black communities on Long Island.

Whether you’re looking for a black-owned brunch spot, natural hairstylist, dermatologist or spa, we’ve got you covered.

Founder & Creative Director

Alicia A. Ray

Alicia spends most of her time transforming with the rapidly morphing media industry at the intersection of emerging technologies and content.


She has over 10 years of experience in driving business operations and product strategy across one of the largest media tech portfolios in the world. Alicia is also intimately involved in a number of organizations on Long Island. 


She has been a featured speaker at several events from ad:Tech, The Advertising Club of NY Women’s Master Class, STEM forums and a host of career development programs.

Want Alicia at Your Next Event?

As a tech enthusiast, media guru and designer I am available to speak on a variety of subjects including technology, digital marketing for businesses, social media strategy, internet etiquette, branding, social justice, economics and more.

Interested in having me speak at your next event?

Please contact me at info@blackownedlongisland.com