23 African American Businesses You Should Know

As a work-at-home mother of three, I understand the hustle that goes into creating, sustaining and nurturing a business. I also understand the added pressures and sometimes obstacles of owning a business as a woman of color. This is why I created this list of African American Businesses you should know. I’m a true believer that there is strength in numbers. While we continue to raise awareness for the injustices we face, we can continue to move forward by supporting each other and the businesses in our community (Find out how you can support more African American businesses by visiting Blackout).

These are all products and businesses I’ve grown to love, or that have been highly recommended to me by others who love them. I know this doesn’t even scratch the surface for all of the amazing talent in the African American community, but hopefully, it’s a good start.

*Disclaimer* These are by no means listed in any particular order. And I was not compensated for featuring any of the businesses mentioned although there are a couple of affiliate links within this post.

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BMWK square logo1. Black And Married with Kids:

Founded by Lamar & Ronnie Tyler, this is the go-to site for all things marriage and relationship in the African American community. From e-books, to DVDs, to books and (coming soon) a relationship academy, as well as annual marriage getaways, this is your one-stop shop for nurturing a successful marriage and relationship.

Koils by nature2. Koils By Nature:

Created by Pamela Jenkins, Koils by Nature is a high quality, all natural hair and skin care product line at an affordable price. Koils by Nature recognizes the value of natural ingredients resulting in proven fabulous benefits for all who use their products. Pamela is passionate about bringing the best of nature to the marketplace. (SIDE NOTE: The deep conditioner is awesome, and so is the leave-in)

Sistah_buttah_nikki3. Sistah Buttah: 

Created by Stacey Taylor, Sistah Buttah is an all natural, handmade Shea Butter blend that is light, smells wonderful and contains ingredients to give your hair, skin & scalp what it needs to stay healthy, shiny and hydrated!  Each ingredient promotes healing, growth and provides moisture no matter which way you use it! (SIDE NOTE: This stuff is the truth and we use is often in this household – for both hair and body)

younique products4. Younique Beauty:

Younique’s cosmetics development processes utilize scientific research to ensure that their products contain high quality ingredients without unnecessary fillers. Younique begins by looking to Mother Nature for the inspiration behind their cosmetics. Their in-house scientific team then formulates a product that honors that inspiration while delivering cutting-edge cosmetics. Younique’s goal is to use science to help nature provide healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics, without fillers or junk. (SIDE NOTE: I’m excited to finally find makeup that is safe for my skin! I’ll be sure to do a full review in the near future)

Veggie Cakes logo5. Veggie Cakes: 

Veggie Cakes is a NYC based cupcakery which offers vegan-friendly confections in various flavors. All are made with vegan frosting as well, unless otherwise requested.  The majority of our cakes contain—yep, you guessed it—VEGETABLES! We pack a nutrient-rich dose of veggies from beets to zucchini into every delicious bite of our vegetable-based cakes. (SIDE NOTE: these are indeed the BEST cupcakes you will probably ever taste #thatisall)

Comment below: Are you a black business owner with a product you’d like to share? Or do you know a great product to add to this list?

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32 Comments

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    Stacey Taylor
    September 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Thank you so much for listing Sistah Buttah! Its an honor to be listed among these businesses!

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    P.J. Tuttles Party Décor
    September 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Thank you for sharing our party company among other greats! Very grateful and love what you're doing!

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    My pleasure Stacey! 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I'm looking forward to trying out your adorable party decor for my little princesses 🙂

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    Emily Brooklyn Williams
    September 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    If any of you ladies are looking to save money on your business cost–like utilities, credit card processing, or phone services….let me know.

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    April S. Williams
    September 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Thank you for listing The Drop Zonedropin Child Care Center in your article! We hope to become a household name for Southern Maryland families!

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    P.J. Tuttles Party Décor
    September 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Christine St.Vil Awesome, I'm very ecstatic & will share your link on my IG page!

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    Danielle Slaughter
    September 9, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing my business! I'm looking forward to supporting everyone else as well 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 9, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Sure thing April, I'm sure it will be 🙂

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    Tammy Wright
    September 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Wow! Thanks for blessing ABC Wellness & Fitness Center by listing us with all of the other African American Owned businesses! It would be awesome for those that are local (Southern Maryland and DMV) to contact one another, support one another, and keep in contact with one another! So look out for my face in your “place” of business really soon. 🙂 Christine St. Vi., we appreciate the entire St. Vi. family and all that you do!!

    John & Tammy Wright

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      It’s my pleasure Tammy! That’s a great idea to definitely connect with the other businesses in the area 🙂

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    Tammy Wright
    September 9, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Awesome!

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Anytime Danielle, love what you're doing 🙂

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    Naeemah Staggs
    September 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Awesome list Christine! So proud to know many of these ladies 🙂

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Aww thanks so much Naeemah! There are so many I want to add so I will probably have to do a part 2 🙂

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    Naeemah Staggs
    September 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Awesome list Christine! So proud to know many of these ladies 🙂

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    Lara Akinsanya
    September 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Thanks Christine St.Vil for mentioning LShandi LShandi in your article and congrats to you as well :).

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    Lara Akinsanya
    September 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Thanks Christine St.Vil for mentioning LShandi LShandi in your article and congrats to you as well :).

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      You’re so welcome Lara! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Heather Leone
    September 11, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Thanks Nae, I am getting the dolls for the girls..

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Thanks so much Naeemah!

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    Nubian Hueman
    September 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    We truly thank you for adding us to your list! 🙂

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    cocotique
    September 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Thank you for including us. We truly appreciate it and will be checking out the other businesses listed.

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      My pleasure! I’m excited to include you, thanks for stopping by and checking out the other businesses.

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    ruby
    December 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Didn’t Know there were so many, I used to work for Milwaukee Black pages. so I know a few. but this is good to know

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      Christine St.Vil
      December 10, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Hi Ruby, thanks so much for stopping by. There are a ton more that I want to add so will definitely have to do a part 2 🙂

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    Rita Estiphanos
    January 6, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    This is an awesome list Christi. Inspiring too….to me at least.

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      Christine St.Vil
      January 11, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Thanks so much Rita! I hope you found it useful and I look forward to featuring more businesses here.

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