ATLANTA, Georgia — Tanisha Johnson & Jamal Sutter, owners of Allonsy, a Georgia based Tech company, (a French word for Let’s Go!) have created a web and mobile app directory that serves as a means to connect consumers with Black-owned businesses and affiliates throughout the U.S.
“I stand strong on what I believe in,” said Tanisha Johnson, Allonsy founder. “Unity in our community. No one can change the way I feel. I want my app to be the Google Map of Black-owned businesses.”
The goal is economic freedom from relying on others to provide the black community with the skills, products and services that can be exchanged amongst the community itself.
The directory includes a list of businesses such as restaurants, stores, attorneys, churches, doctors, banks and much more. It also includes events that are either hosted by or benefit Blacks socially and/or economically. Listings are categorized by their business type, and users can search for desired services in any location.
Tanisha, a small-business marketer and social-media strategist, runs the company together with her boyfriend, Jamal Sutter, a photographer, videographer and graphic artist.
“When we first met, she told me about her vision,” said Jamal, from Summerville, South Carolina. “As we grew closer, her aspirations became mine as well.”
The app is free for consumers, and owners can add their businesses for free or upgrade to either of the two paid packages.
Currently, the directory has more than 1,300 business listings, mostly in the country’s southeastern region, and is expanding regularly. Allonsy’s mobile app can be found in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.