12 Black-Owned Businesses to Support

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Support these businesses this month, next month, and all year round.

Historically, Black business owners have struggled to get financing and the racial wealth gap puts aspiring owners at a significant disadvantage. Supporting Black businesses, particularly local, small businesses, is one way to combat persistent financial injustices. 

One of KCM’s partners, Ally Financial, is doing its part by making a $30 million investment in Black-owned businesses and Black communities. The majority of that investment will go to SoLa Impact’s Black Impact Fund, which invests in Black and Brown communities in major urban markets. The remainder is going to the Fearless Fund, a WOC-founded venture capital fund dedicated to helping other women of color launch their businesses. Through these commitments, Ally aims to help build a “healthier and more inclusive economy,” said Diane Morais, president, Consumer and Commercial Banking at Ally Bank.

Black-owned businesses tend to be smaller than the national average, and many struggled to get small-business loans throughout the pandemic. Color of Change put together its Black Business Green Book at the end of last year to help people find Black-owned businesses to support at the local and national level. Other resources include Shop Black Owned, which is still limited to a few larger cities, and EatOkra for finding local Black-owned restaurants. A simple search in your zip code will also do the trick.

If you need some more assistance, we’ve compiled a list of Black-owned businesses with products you’ll love, from Briogeo’s texture-specific haircare to three brothers’ handmade candle company. It’s the easiest way to support the Black community.

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Love Jones Candle

Brothers Collin, Ryan, and Austin Gill launched their candle and scents company in 2017 to earn video game money, and their business quickly took off. Right from the start, they decided to donate 10 percent of their profits to Washington, D.C.-area homeless shelters as their way of giving back. The brothers — 15, 12, and 10 years old, respectively — develop the fragrances and hand-pour each of their soy wax candles. With a couple dozen scents available in the form of candles, room and linen sprays, reed diffusers, and more, there’s something for everyone. Team KCM can’t get enough of their Love Jones scent.

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Eu’Genia Shea

Shea butter bundle

Shea butter seems to be in every other body lotion on the shelf, but most of those moisturizers are packed with petroleum jelly, chemicals, harmful fragrances, and other ingredients that don’t do our skin any favors. Enter Eu’Genia Shea, an all-natural shea butter company owned by mother-daughter duo Eugenia and Naa-Sakle that supports women farmers in Ghana. Eu’Genia Shea’s minimally processed, 90 percent-plus shea butter formulations are true skin savers, and work for hair and lips as well. Buy their signature bundle to use as gifts or just for yourself.

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Partake

Partake variety pack

Denise Woodard is a mom on a mission. After her and her husband’s daughter, Vivienne, was diagnosed with severe food allergies, she founded Partake to help families like her own find allergen-free snacks they’d actually enjoy. Partake’s free-from list is impressive: no peanuts, eggs, tree nuts, soy, dairy, gluten, or artificial flavors, and the list continues from there. We’re fans of Partake’s 5-in-1 Baking Mix for pancakes, muffins, cakes, and more, but we also love their Crunchy Variety Pack.

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Epi.logic

Epi.logic products

Meet Dr. Chaneve Jeanniton. She’s an oculofacial plastic surgeon who founded epi.logic after seeing how her patients wanted a safe, simple and effective daily skincare routine. Her products are made for nearly all skin types and are scientifically proven to improve skin in both the long and short term. Start with epi.logic’s Total Package Moisturizer — perfect for these dry winter days. 

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Lemlem

lemlem coverup

Team KCM loves the cover-ups from lemlem. This beautifully, handmade clothing line was founded by supermodel Liya Kebede after she took a trip to her native Ethiopia and met a group of traditional weavers. The products are made entirely by women artisans across Africa. “By employing traditional weavers, we’re trying to break their cycle of poverty,” the founder said. “At the same time, we’re preserving the art of weaving while creating modern, casual, comfortable stuff that we really want to wear.”

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Allison DeVane on Uncommon Goods

Allison DuVane minute mimosa

Allison DeVane’s flavor-infused cubes make it easy to mix up a mean cocktail. The founder of Teaspressa sells her cocktail cubes on Uncommon Goods, and they make perfect gifts for friends, family…and yourself. We’re loving the Light & Refreshing Cocktail Trio for summer evenings, but Allison’s Beer Cocktail cubes are a great way to take your basic light beer to the next level.

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Briogeo

Briogeo haircare products

Upgrade your shampoo with Briogeo, and your hair will thank you. Briogeo was founded by Nancy Twine out of her New York City apartment after she saw how the haircare options on drugstore shelves did not live up to their performance claims. With Briogeo, Nancy focuses on the basics and offers a high-performance, hair collection that is naturally based. Take their 5-question hair quiz to create your own custom haircare routine. 

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Bolé Road Textiles

Bole Road Textiles

New York-based designer and architect Hana Getachew veered away from the corporate design world after ten years in the industry and dove into a career involving something she passionately knew and loved: Ethopian textiles and interior design. Getachew launched Bolé with one thing in mind: “To be more connected to Ethiopia…to be more involved in the lives of its people and to contribute to its development.” Bolé sources its handmade textiles from weaving studios in Ethiopia that are owned and operated by women entrepreneurs. 

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The Lip Bar

the lip bar

The Lip Bar, a Detroit-based beauty company, was founded by former Wall Street analyst Melissa Butler. Frustrated with how mainstream media and the beauty industry set the standard for beauty, she started her cosmetics company in her kitchen. She sought to make a company that was diverse, inclusive, and without “excessive amounts of unnecessary chemicals.” Butler’s vegan, paraben-free, nontoxic lipsticks are made to flatter a variety of skin tones. Can’t pick a shade? Go for a shimmer tint bundle, that’s what we did! Butler now has over $2 million in funding and is sold in Target stores across the U.S. Talk about a hustle! 

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Posterity Paper

posterity paper greeting cards

To put it succinctly, Posterity Paper is “not your grandma’s stationary.” Founded by Tiffany Grimes in Georgia, this female entrepreneur, who was inspired by her own grandmother, was bored by generic birthday and greeting cards so she decided to create her own. Her mission is “to inspire a new generation of thoughtfulness by providing stationery that helps women show up for the people they love.” Her cards, especially the Just Because cards, are perfect to send for a celebratory occasion or with a surprise treat in the mail!

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Red Bay Coffee

red bay coffee roasters

Red Bay Coffee Roasters was founded in 2014 by renowned San Francisco Bay area artist and food entrepreneur Keba Konte, who is part of “the fourth wave of coffee.” This new wave aims to ethically source speciality coffee that is deeply rooted within their community and culture. Red Bay seeks to create unity by hiring and serving people of all backgrounds, especially people of color, the formerly incarcerated, women, and people with disabilities. Companies like Facebook source Red Bay as their primary coffee supplier for its Menlo Park HQ office.

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Clare Paint

Clare Paint

What if paint shopping wasn’t such a hassle? Enter Clare, an interior paint company. Founded by interior designer Nicole Gibbons, Clare is reimagining the paint shopping experience, so you’re not stuck with 100 samples and too many choices to pick from. Each paint color is designer-curated, and the Clare Color Genius will help guide you to the perfect color.  

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