Historically, the Black community has been its strongest when standing as one. With increasing media coverage of police brutality on unarmed Black men and the blurred line between sports and politics involving racial inequality, there’s no better time than now to unite, support one another and build for a better economic future. That’s the Allonsy, Let’s Go’s mission.
Allonsy, Let’s Go! is a web and mobile app directory that serves as a means to connect consumers with Black-owned businesses and affiliates throughout the U.S. 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.
“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 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, used her knowledge, expertise and resources to turn Allonsy from an idea to a reality. Assisting the Louisiana native is 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 partnership is working out perfectly for the couple. Tanisha primarily handles the business aspect along with being the visionary leader, while Jamal uses his creativity to design the website and produce visual content for Allonsy’s various social media platforms. They both work night and day on making the directory as easy and efficient as possible for both consumers and business owners.
“I believe that working on this app and directory has made Jamal and I so much closer. We have a bond like no other, and we both motivate each other,” Tanisha explained.
With an abundance of other similar platforms available, the duo understands the importance of being able to stand out and deliver a solid product.
“Our website and app are the best of its kind,” Tanisha said. “They are easy to use and extremely functional. The search feature acts as it should, rather than getting results for business types you didn’t choose or areas you didn’t search. There are no promotional ads or other distracting information taking away from our platform’s primary purpose.”
The app is free for consumers, and owners can add their businesses for free or upgrade to either of the two paid packages.
“Individuals who sign up for our paid packages have the ability to add additional information and content they can use to promote and highlight their services,” Jamal said. “But we aren’t trying break anyone’s bank account. Our highest-priced package is only $6.99 a month. That’s cheaper than a streaming service subscription. We want to give our customers an affordable alternative to what’s on the market.”
Right now, 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.
“As we are focused on leading our community into a future of financial liberty, we felt the name to be compelling to our mission to unite, support and build,” Tanisha said. “So, let’s go!”
For more on Allonsy, Let’s Go!, visit www.allonsyletsgo.com.