Black-owned businesses mourn loss of Earl Harvey, a pioneering master marketer

Earl Harvey
Black business owners mourning the loss of Earl Harvey, a man who brought hundreds of businesses and professionals together from across the region. He died Oct. 12, 2020 at the age of 65. Photo credit Earl Harvey Media
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Black business owners are mourning the loss of a man who brought hundreds of businesses and professionals together from across the region.

Earl Harvey was a master marketer. He was the CEO and publisher of Black Professionals News and the Atlantic City Times. He used the publications to share business, culture and news in the Black community, but his main focus was supporting and connecting Black-owned businesses throughout the region.

“The Godfather of Black business — that was Earl,” said Joel Wilson, executive director of iBuyBlack, a Philadelphia-based effort to keep Black dollars in the Black community.

Harvey was on the ground floor when iBuyBlack launched in 2017. Since then, he created the Black Business Leadership Council and just released the Small Business Resource Guide, a beacon as to how Black-owned businesses can survive the coronavirus pandemic.

“He laid the groundwork to really unify us so that we can work collaboratively for the Black community,” said Wilson. “We just have to be willing to fight together, and I think Earl showed us the benefit of doing that.”

Harvey died on Monday from a heart attack. He was 65 years old.