Tampa Central A.V.E.

A Virtual Directory of Black Business in Hillsborough

Tampa Central A.V.E.

(A Virtual Experience)

Tampa Central A.V.E. was created as a response to the increased desire to support black owned businesses in Tampa. This site hopes to enlighten and provide a one stop search resource for black business listings in Hillsborough County Florida. Tampa Central A.V.E. would also like to pay homage to the legacy of the African American history that came before us by sharing publically available content on Tampa's Historic Black business district, Central Avenue.

Dionzia Farris

Owner / JaiKen LLC / Tampa Central A.V.E. Parent Company


Explore Black Businesses in Hillsborough County by location

The images reflected are meant to highlight African American Tampa landmarks and are not necessarily in the associated section of the county


The Tampa African American business community has a rich history centered around the Historic Central Avenue business district. This section highlights a few videos that have been made about the Central Avenue business district.

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Tampa Technique: Rise, Demise, and Remembrance of Central Avenue

Analyzes the strategic and calculated Civil Rights Movement in Tampa, Florida through the lens of Central Avenue.

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Central Avenue Remembered

Award-winning PBS® film about the historic Central Avenue neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, which is now becoming ENCORE!® Tampa.

Florida woman creates free online database of Black-owned businesses

A local woman wanted to help, so she created a free resource to highlight Black-owned businesses, hoping to help them gain lifelong customers.