Black-Owned Businesses Month
There are approximately 2 million Black-owned businesses in the United States employing over 920,000 Americans. 35% of these businesses are owned by women (source: Fundera). To celebrate #NationalBlackBusinessMonth and support black-owned businesses across our communities, we asked our team to spotlight some of their personal favorites. Have you supported a Black-owned business this month?
17 of Our favorite Black-Owned Businesses
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Tope Awotona is the founder and CEO of Calendly, the modern scheduling platform for high-performing teams and individuals to schedule and confirm meetings without conflicts.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calendlyhq
Mandy Price is a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Kanarys, a technology company that provides the tools organizations need to create long-term, systemic change around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) challenges.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kanarysinc
An advocate for anti-racism in business, Shereen Daniels is Vice Chair of the Black Business Association for London Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Founder + Managing Director of HR rewired.
Follow them on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hr-rewired
Via John Carlson, Talent Leader:
Bevel Shave Co
Bevel Shave Co, founded by Tristian Walker, prioritizes the needs of black men by donating a portion of all sales to support Anti-Recidivism legislation, continuing education, and job training for citizens returning from incarceration.
Follow them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bevel
Jones Bar-B-Q Kansas City
Sisters Mary "Shorty" Jones and Deborah "Little" Jones, inspired by their flavorful family recipes and father's work ethic, opened a barbeque business in the heart of Kansas City.
Follow them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jonesbbqkc
Via Alexia Benner, Talent Leader:
Salt Spray Soap Co
Owned by Genelle John, Salt Spray Soap Co, a Bermuda-based soap business, uses natural ingredients inspired by the surrounding ocean and sea breezes.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saltspraysoapbermuda
Via Marisa Nuffer, Experience Coordinator:
The Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum
The BRADLC Museum and bookshop, founded by Gigi Best II, is a woman-owned business in Tampa offering a unique historical perspective of African Diaspora through rare artifacts, literature and art.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bradlcmuseumandbooks
Via Lisa Letizio, Strategic Advisor/Principal:
Harold's Professional Plumbing Services, Inc
Serving Tampa and the surrounding communities since 1988, Harold is well-known for his professionalism and ability to handle any plumbing emergency.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haroldsproplumbing
Via Keri Higgins-Bigelow, Founder & CEO:
The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar, founded by Melissa Butler, is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that exists to help change the way you think about beauty. Every day people are being told how to be beautiful - so we’re here to remind you that you don’t have to change.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelipbar
Founded by She'Neil Johnson-Spence, Base Butter’s mission is to help make skincare easy by creating products that nourish and protect various skin types.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/basebutter
McBride Sisters, founded by Robin and Andréa McBride, has grown into what is not only the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States, but one of the most inclusive, accessible, socially aware and sustainable, cultivating community one glass of wine at a time.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mcbridesisters
Via Tessa Jenkins, Solution Leader:
The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in an effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelovelandfoundation
Via Wendy Carter Stewart, Senior Talent Consultant:
Dressed in Joy
Dressed in Joy is a Hawaiian-influenced athleisure brand designed by Mikaela Pabon for those who love gorgeous prints and patterns.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dressedinjoy
Mentor Holdings and Investments
Mentor Holdings and Investments helps create wealth while creating long-lasting value for in industries and communities for women of color. Founder Nadine Mentor Williams has 20 years of experience as an investment banker and investor.
Via Gladys Chen, Senior Talent Consultant:
Estelle Colored Glass
Inspired by her grandmother Estelle, Founder Stephanie Summerson Hall created a luxury brand of heirloom-quality stemware in a mix of stunning jewel tones and soft pastels.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/estellecoloredglass
Via Lauren Dike, Talent Consultant:
Black Girl Sunscreen
Shontay Lundy created Black Girl Sunscreen in 2016, a 30 SPF lotion infused with natural ingredients and formulated for women of color, made with melanated skin in mind.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackgirlsunscreen
Via Ciara Routly, Senior Designer + Developer:
Ekuaceramics was created by Sara Ekua Todd, a ceramic artist raised in Belgium and now based in Los Angeles. Her functional clayware exhibits a reverence for shape and surface. Her taste comes from her multi-ethnic upbringing. Having grown up in an artistic household, she discovered the importance of individuality. Living and studying in Antwerp gave her a very keen sense of style that translates into all the objects she produces.
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ekuaceramics/
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