COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — Columbus Airbnb owner and photographer Shellee Fisher wanted to do more to promote Black-owned businesses in Columbus’ tourism scene.

She decided to focus on lodging, knowing there were more Black short-term rental owners like her who wanted to promote their properties to guests interested in supporting Black business owners.

Fisher recently launched The Blacklist, a repository of Black-owned short-term rental properties in Columbus.

Its creation was timed to match up with the upcoming in-person return of the Ohio Black Expo in Columbus, during which thousands of people are expected to travel to Columbus to celebrate Black culture.

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