Rose Barboza launched Black Owned Maine in June 2020. She wanted to provide people with a direct way to support Black Mainers. The BOM directory was born. BOM’s goals include rebranding Maine as a warm, inviting home to Black entrepreneurs, land and homeowners, tourists, and cultural influencers. A central pillar of Black Owned Maine is antiracist economics — the theory that antiracism methods must involve a shift in monetary influence.

Black businesses play an important role in providing essential, culturally relevant