For decades, many Black entrepreneurs have revolutionized many industries and invented various items to make people’s life simpler.
Historically, black company entrepreneurs have experienced restrictions owing to regulations and issues acquiring loans, among other things. These difficulties eventually contribute to the failure of many black-owned enterprises or dissuade others from starting their own.
As a result, it is vital and worthwhile to aid Black business owners in motivating, supporting, and strengthening the Black business community, as well as encouraging the establishment of more Black firms.
In recognition of the hard work of Black entrepreneurs, here are five black-owned businesses to support this summer.
Be Rooted: Guard Your Spirit Journal – Jasmine Foster
Be Rooted was founded “to create a safe space for women of color to feel seen and heard in their everyday life,” according to CEO and founder Jasmin Foster.
It was the first Black-owned stationery company to hit Target stores in 2021, and it was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022.
This spiral-bound diary includes 240 ruled 5.5 x 8.5-inch pages, and the cover says “guard your spirit.”
Me + The Bees: Prickly Pear Lemonade – Mikaila Ulmer
Mikaila Ulmer, the founder and CEO of Me & The Bees, used to be scared of bees. She did, however, decide to aid bees after discovering how important they are to our ecology as a result of her parents’ encouragement to conduct some research.
Ulmer was motivated at the time to create a lemonade stand selling honey-sweetened flaxseed lemonade after receiving her Great Granny Helen’s 1940s flaxseed lemonade recipe. She aims to serve as an example to other young entrepreneurs.
Her humble lemonade stand has since grown into a full-fledged business. Me & The Bees lemonade is now available at major retailers such as Target, Publix, H-E-B, and Whole Foods Market. The classic lemonade flavor, prepared with the well-known honey and flaxseed blend, is a fan favorite.
Neyber – Marti Ijaha
Martin Ijaha, CEO of Neyber, co-founded the program to promote financial wellbeing at work. Users can have access to low-cost loans, investment possibilities, and financial education.
Homebody – Rebecca Grammer- Ybarra
Rebecca Grammer-Ybarra, the company’s creator, sustained a concussion as well as damage to her clavicle, shoulder, and spine as a result of an automobile accident. She was determined, though, to let her body recover itself naturally.
She eventually discovered the secret ingredient for her ailment, a bath soak comprising a combination of CBD, botanicals, and adaptogens, as well as colors generated from naturally occurring minerals (i.e., color therapy), after much trial and error.
Homebody now provides a variety of plant-based wellness bath rituals to help with stress, mood, pain, sleep, and overall well-being.
Baby Donna – Dalaise Hickey
After unable to obtain the correct sunscreen for her children due to their dark skin, Dalaise Hickey, the founder of BabyDonna, resorted to inventing her own sunscreen for melanated infants.
The mother of two developed a sheer, reef-safe mineral sunscreen stick for Black and Brown newborns, toddlers, and children.
The Sunscreen application provides water resistance and UV protection for 80 minutes.