Forbes: Black-Owned Businesses To Support Part Two

Voting with your pocketbook is one of the best ways to effect change in a capitalist society.


The U.S. is home to roughly 2.5 million black-owned businesses, according to the Census Bureau. Although the vast majority are sole proprietorships or small-scale affairs, an increasing number have regional reach and national ambitions. Below, we resurface 10 black entrepreneurs who have recently been featured in Forbes and provide a directory of an additional 65 black-owned businesses to support. It is by no means an exhaustive list: We aren’t including numerous high-profile celebrity entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey or Rihanna or the many successful black business owners who sell services to other corporations, like World Wide Technology’s David Steward.

These entrepreneurs and owners sell cosmetics, clothing, books, cars and financial products that you can buy. Fewer offer healthcare or consumer tech products, in part, because they lack access to venture funding. If you are interested in learning more about other black-owned businesses, there are a number of apps and directories online, including The Buy From A Black Woman Directory, The Black-Owned Market, Etsy’s Black Owned Shops, Black Enterprise’s Top 100 list, Bank Black and Bon Appetit’s list of Black-owned restaurants.

Part Two


Food & Beverage


Adjourn Teahouse
Founder: LaTonia Cokely
Headquarters: Washington, D.C
Description: loose-leaf tea
Website: adjournteahouse.com
Instagram: @adjournteahouse

BLK + Bold
Founders: Rod Johnson, Pernell Cezar
Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa
Description: fair-trade coffee and loose-leaf tea
Website: blkandbold.com
Instagram: @blkandbold

Brown Estate
Founder: Deneen, David and Coral Brown
Headquarters: St. Helena, California
Website: brownestate.com
Description: Napa Valley winery
Instagram: @brownestate

Chicago French Press
Founder: Kris Christian
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: organic, flavored roast coffee
Website: chicagofrenchpress.com
Instagram: @chicagofrenchpress

Crowns & Hops
Founders: Beny Ashburn, Teo Hunter
Headquarters: Inglewood, California
Description: craft beer and brewery
Website: crownsandhops.com
Instagram: @crownsandhops

Forty Acres Fresh Market
Founder: Liz Abunaw
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: grocery that operates pop-ups with fresh food in underserved neighborhoods
Website: fortyacresfreshmarket.com
Instagram: @fortyacresfreshmarket

The Furlough Cheesecake
Founders: Nikki Howard, Jaqi Wright
Headquarters: Oxon Hill, Maryland
Description: cheesecake maker
Website: thefurloughcheesecake.com
Instagram: @thefurloughcake

Golden Krust
Headquarters: New York City
Founders: Lowell Hawthorne (deceased) and family
Description: Caribbean restaurants franchise and seller of Jamaican patties
Website: goldenkrust.com
Instagram: @goldenkrust

International Smoke
Founders: Ayesha Curry, Michael Mina
Headquarters: San Francisco
Website: internationalsmoke.com
Description: global-inspired barbecue chain
Instagram: @internationalsmoke

Marcus Samuelsson Group
Founder: Marcus Samuelsson
Headquarters: New York City
Description: restaurant group from the acclaimed chef that includes Red Rooster Harlem
Website: marcussamuelssongroup.com
Instagram: @marcuscooks

Partake Foods
Founder: Denise Woodard
Headquarters: Jersey City
Description: gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly cookies
Website: partakefoods.com
Instagram: @partakefoods


Media


Black Enterprise
CEO: Earl G. “Butch” Graves Jr.
Headquarters: New York City
Description: multimedia company focusing on black enterprise
Website: blackenterprise.com
Instagram: @blackenterprise

Blavity
Founder: Morgan DeBaun
Headquarters: San Francisco
Description: online media company for black millennials
Website: blavity.com
Instagram: @blavity

Essence
Founders: Edward Lewis, Clarence O. Smith, Jonathan Blount, Cecil Hollingsworth
Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York
Description: lifestyle magazine
Website: essence.com
Instagram: @essence

Urban One Inc
Founder: Catherine Hughes
Headquarters: Silver Spring, Maryland
Description: public media firm focused on telling black stories
Website: urban1.com
Instagram: @tvonetv


Retail


Eso Won Books
Founders: James Fugate, Thomas Hamilton
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: bookstore with a large selection of books on African-American history
Website: esowonbookstore.com
Instagram: @esowonbooks

Jungalow
Founder: Justina Blakeney
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: online retailer of home decor, gifts, apparel
Website: jungalow.com
Instagram: @thejungalow

The Lit. Bar
Founder: Noëlle Santos
Location: New York City
Description: bookstore and bar
Website: thelitbar.com
Instagram: @thelitbar

Love Notes Fragrances
Founder: Nya Kam
Headquarters: New York City
Description: scented soy candles
Website: lovenotesfragrances.com
Instagram: @lovenotesllc


Wellness


4D Healthware
Founder: Star Cunningham
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: virtual health management for patients
Website: www.4dhealthware.com
Twitter: @4DHealthware

The Honey Pot
Founder: Beatrice Dixon
Headquarters: Atlanta
Description: natural feminine care products
Website: thehoneypot.co
Instagram: @thehoneypotco

Vibrant Health
Owners: Ted and Paige Parker
Headquarters: Shelton, Connecticut
Description: nutritional supplements
Website: vibranthealth.com
Instagram: @vibranthealth


Other


Diversant
Founder: John Goullet
Headquarters: Red Bank, New Jersey
Description: IT staffing company
Website: www.diversant.com
Instagram: @diversant_llc

RML Automotive
Founders: Robert L. Johnson, Mack McLarty, Steve Landers
Headquarters: Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas
Desciption: car dealerships selling Ford, GMC, Honda, Suburu, Jeep and other brands
Website: rmlauto.com 

Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Founder: Sheila Johnson
Headquarters: Middleburg, Virginia
Website: salamanderresort.com
Description: collection of luxury properties
Instagram: @salamanderhotels


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