23 African American Businesses You Should Know

natural girls united17. Natural Girls United:

Natural Girls United™ – providing our community with ethnic dolls, that reflect the natural beauty of all women, men, and children. And promoting the belief that our features and natural hair textures are, and always will be… beautiful. Natural Girls United™ features ethnic dolls, with customized natural hair inspired hairstyles.

The majority of the dolls on the website are hand customized by artist – Karen Byrd. Rare and unique collectable dolls are also offered on the website. Custom styles available include: Dreadlocks/Locs, Afros, Braids, Bantu Knots, Curly Hair, Kinky Hair and much, much more!

Hook Smart18. Hook-Smart Crochet:

Hook Smart specializes in modern handmade crocheted accessories for women, babies, and nerds. All items are handmade in a smoke and pet free environment. Danielle is a doctoral candidate, wife, and mom. At the present time, she is an almost full-time WAHM. She takes care of her son while finishing her doctoral studies, teaching online and in the evenings on campus, and running HookSmart

Capital City Mumbo Sauce19. Capital City Mumbo Sauce

Like half smokes, Go-Go music and “Taxation Without Representation,” mumbo sauce is a DC staple that’s here to stay. The sweet, tangy condiment similar to barbecue or plum sauce is a staple wing sauce in the District. The husband-and-wife team started out selling their mumbo sauce online but now sells it in about 18 retail stores in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The sauce is also on the menu at three restaurants.

Cocotique20. Cocotique:

COCOTIQUE is a deluxe beauty box subscription service for women of color and diverse ethnicities. Discover Your Ultimate Beauty Arsenal. COCOTIQUE is excited to deliver the best in beauty and lifestyle products to their subscribers each month. They search for holy grail products in skin care, hair care, fragrances, makeup and lifestyle categories that suit the particular needs of women of color and diverse ethnicities. COCOTIQUE is passionate about introducing their subscribers to products that make her smile and give her goose bumps because she’s finally found what she’s been searching for. With today’s hectic lifestyles and budget concerns, women don’t have the time or money to sort through the abundance of products in the market. Helping our subscribers discover their Ultimate Beauty Arsenal is their obsession.

pretty-brown-girl21. Pretty Brown Girl:

In an effort to combat the harmful messages about skin tone and beauty in media that her daughters were being influenced by, this owner began asking God how she could use her gifts and talents to empower others.  Her husband  began using  “Pretty Brown Girl” as a term of endearment for their daughters.  Together, they decided to share this simple yet, powerful affirmation to encourage girls to be happy in their beautiful brown skin. The couple began by creating a product line  for youg ladies that carried the message ” Pretty Brown Girl”. Soon after, a Pretty Brown Girl Movement was sparked and now the Pretty Brown Girl Movement has expanded to offer products, workshops, events and a club for girls and young women. 

shea butter soap23. All Natural Shea Butter Soaps:

These Shea Butter soaps are the absolute truth! Shea butter has been used for centuries as a wrinkle reducer. Shea butter contains essential fatty acids, along with vitamins A and E, which are imperative to maintaining your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. In a clinical study done by Frank Renard, Ph.D., shea butter was found to have significant antiaging properties and was proven to help rebuild and rejuvenate collagen. Participants in this study were given shea butter to use as a balm to massage on their skin for four to eight months. The results showed clearer, brighter skin; less wrinkles; and even less sun damage. (SIDE NOTE: These soaps come in 9 different fragrances and not only smell good, but they work wonders, especially for dry skin)

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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    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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