Discover the Brilliance of These Black-Owned Businesses: Part 1

14 Black Businesses to Support All Year Round

Maisha L. Cannon ๐Ÿ’ป
@TalentGenieWrites

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Image Credit: DALLE 3

This February, Iโ€™m not just talking about #BlackHistoryMonth, or posting little known Black facts as I have in years past. This time, itโ€™s about taking action. Iโ€™m actively advocating for and supporting Black-owned businesses in the only way thatโ€™s sustainable โ€” financially.

Each day this month, Iโ€™ll feature a business Iโ€™ve personally patronized or that comes highly recommended by my network.

Get ready to discover the diverse talents and services they offer and make a direct impact with your dollars.

Source: Mallori Steele, Growductive Website

1. Growductive Consulting

Letโ€™s kickoff Day 1 and shine the spotlight on Growductive Consulting, founded by Mallori Steele. Growductive Consulting is a Training, Learning & Development Consulting Agency based in the Washington, D.C Metropolitan area.

Growductive exemplifies excellence through strategically consulting, designing, and developing custom training solutions for clients from various industries.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โœ… Buy a ticket to The Learning Exchange, happening February 8โ€“9, 2024.
โœ… Broadcast this business by sharing with your network.
โœ… Bookmark their website for your future needs.

๐Ÿ‘‰ What other ways can we support Black-owned businesses during Black History Month?

Source: Farrah Parker

2. FD Parker & Associates

โญ Todayโ€™s spotlight is on Farrah Parker and FD Parker & Associates.

FD Parker & Associates provides innovative communication strategies that propel clients to unimaginable heights.

Having produced public relations and marketing campaigns for national organizations including government agencies, professional sports franchises, and non-profits, their team offers a wide range of expertise resulting in effective and vibrant business solutions.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โžก๏ธ Buy consulting hours to transform your brandโ€™s communication.
โžก๏ธ Broadcast their brilliance by sharing their success stories with your network.
โžก๏ธ Bookmark their site for future collaboration.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Have you experienced the transformative power of strategic communication? How could FD Parker & Associates play a role in your story?

Source: April Showers

3. Afro Unicorn

๐Ÿฆ„ Meet April Showers, founder and CEO of Afro Unicornยฎ๏ธ, and a fellow Yes2Jobs Alumnus.

Afro Unicornยฎ๏ธ is a brand designed to represent the uniqueness of women and children of color in a truly diverse and inclusive fashion.

The brand has skyrocketed onto the scene with 25 categories, from apparel and accessories to toys, puzzles, books, bedding, bandages, backpacks, collectibles, and more

April has notably become the first Black woman to have a collaboration with Walmart for her line of party supplies.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โžก๏ธ Buy Afro Unicorn products online or in store.
โžก๏ธ Broadcast her Talk Shop Live event with your network.
โžก๏ธ Bookmark Afro Unicorn to keep the celebration going for every occasion.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Who in your life would be thrilled by an Afro Unicorn tee or themed party?

Source: Dru Riley

4. Trends. VC

๐Ÿš€ Dru Riley is the visionary behind Trends.vc, a go-to resource for 60,000+ founders, investors, and thought leaders.

Trends is a community and newsletter that discovers new markets and actionable ideas from the most important trends.

Through in-depth, framework-based research reports, Dru and his team equip business founders, executives, and investors with the insights needed to stay ahead of the curve.

Iโ€™m particularly inspired by Druโ€™s podcasts, where he shares his strategies, setbacks, and successes.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โžก๏ธ Buy a subscription to Trends Pro for exclusive reports, masterminds, daily stand-ups, and weekly founder intros.
โžก๏ธ Broadcast Druโ€™s โ€œ100 Rules To Live Byโ€ and podcasts across your network.
โžก๏ธ Bookmark Trends.vc and sign up for the free newsletter.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Has a piece of advice or an insight from Trends.vc or Dru influenced your professional journey or mindset?

Source: Tameka Bob

5. Gifted Uniqueness, LLC

Meet the dynamic Southern Girl, Tameka Bob, also known as Dr. Bob โ€” actress, writer, speaker, educator, and the force behind Gifted Uniqueness LLC.

This multi-hyphenate with heart is transforming narratives with her eclectic ventures. She captivates audiences with โ€œDr. Bobโ€™s REAL Reality,โ€ an enlightening talk show, and her compelling one-woman hit production, โ€œThe Woman in Me,โ€ which she also penned.

Her latest book, Itโ€™s Okay to Answer Yourself, blends personal insights with research, offering readers a guide through solitude to self-fulfillment. Each chapter concludes with an interactive experience, encouraging personal growth and wholeness.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โžก๏ธ Buy Itโ€™s Okay to Answer Yourself here: https://bit.ly/itsokdrbob
โžก๏ธ Broadcast Dr. Bobโ€™s impactful messages and insights to your network.
โžก๏ธ Bookmark her site and follow Dr. Bob across her social media platforms to stay updated with her projects.

๐Ÿ‘‰ What aspect of Dr. Bobโ€™s work resonates with you the most, and why? Is it her talk show, stage production, book, or something else?

Source: Brianna Brazle

6. Culturelancer

Meet Brianna Brazle, M.Ed., LPC and the groundbreaking CultureLancer platform: Reimagining the Future of Work for HBCU Talent.

Culturelancer is transforming the talent discovery and nurturing process. Briannaโ€™s innovative platform bridges the gap between the untapped potential of HBCU students and the business worldโ€™s demand for fresh, diverse talent.

Culturelancer aims to simplify the connection between HBCU talent and businesses, enabling students to showcase their skills and companies to directly hire these emerging talents for remote projects.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜, ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ
โžก๏ธ Explore the growing talent pool at Culturelancer.
โžก๏ธ Follow Brianna on LinkedIn for more insights into Culturelancerโ€™s impact.
โžก๏ธ Engage by hiring HBCU talent in your upcoming projects.

๐Ÿ‘‰ How do you see platforms like Culturelancer reshaping the creative and business ecosystems?

Source: Keirsten Greggs

7. Trap Recruiter, LLC

Have you met Keirsten Greggs, the dynamic Founder and CEO of TRAP Recruiter, LLC?

With two decades of Talent Acquisition expertise, Keirsten is a powerhouse in enhancing how organizations attract and retain top talent, focusing on underrepresented candidates. She equally empowers job seekers to find their voice during the hiring process.

And letโ€™s not forget, sheโ€™s a podcast host extraordinaire! Having had the honor of being interviewed by her multiple times, I can confirm itโ€™s always an enlightening and enjoyable experience.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—™๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„, ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ
โžก๏ธ Explore the Trap Recruiterโ€™s services for a transformative approach to your career or talent acquisition strategy.
โžก๏ธ Follow Keirsten for valuable insights into career advancement.
โžก๏ธ Engage by investing in your career with the Trap Recruiter Rรฉsumรฉ Remix and Worksheets.

๐Ÿ‘‰ If you had the opportunity, what questions would you ask Keirsten about navigating todayโ€™s job market?

Source: Candace Jones-Ekuke

8. CP Jones Consulting, LLC

Candace Jones-Ekuke, MBA is Founder and Principal Consultant at CP Jones Consulting, LLC Consulting.

Candace is dedicated to guiding professionals, founders, and small businesses through pivotal professional changes.

Offering business coaching, career coaching, and consulting, she tailors her services to align with each clientโ€™s unique values and goals.

I discovered Coach Candaceโ€™s brilliance through the wonderful Lexi B. Her strategic insights were pivotal in developing The Collab Lab, Inc.โ€™s go-to-market strategy.

I am grateful to have experienced her dedication to navigating change with clarity, competence, and compassion firsthand.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ
โžก๏ธ Buy a coaching or consulting package to elevate your professional journey.
โžก๏ธ Broadcast her transformative stories and insights within your circles.
โžก๏ธ Bookmark her website for guidance and inspiration.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Who in your network could transform their career path with Coach Candaceโ€™s insights?

Source: Felicia Stokes

9. Luxurious Wellniss

๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿพ Itโ€™s time to shine the spotlight on Luxurious Wellniss.

Led by the incredibly talented Felicia Stokes, LW is a Black owned skin lab offering skincare solutions tailored for melanated skin.

A seasoned medical aesthetician, Felicia brings over a decade of experience and a holistic health passion to LW, aiming to bridge the wellness gap in communities of color.

Luxurious Wellniss stands out for its commitment to diversity, with 80% of its products coming from women-owned businesses. This focus promotes empowerment and ensures quality in the wellness sector.

I can personally attest to Feliciaโ€™s supportive nature; sheโ€™s been a great supporter of my Black Girl Journals project, even featuring my โ€˜Self-Care Journalโ€™ in her store and online.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜†, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ!
โœ… Buy LWโ€™s transformative skincare products.
โœ… Broadcast Feliciaโ€™s mission and LWโ€™s success stories.
โœ… Bookmark Luxurious Wellniss for your wellness journey.

๐Ÿ‘‰ What aspects of your wellness routine need more attention this month? How might Luxurious Wellnissโ€™ products or services support you in that goal?

Source: Dr. Antione Tomlin

10. Best AT Coaching

Introducing Best, AT Coaching!, LLC, a transformative force in personal and professional development since its inception in 2018.

Led by Dr. Antione Tomlin, Best AT is dedicated to elevating lives through a suite of services that encompass coaching, consulting, and mentoring.

Dr. Tomlinโ€™s approach is rooted in the belief that everyone can progress from โ€˜okayโ€™ to โ€˜better,โ€™ or โ€˜betterโ€™ to โ€˜great.โ€™ With a commitment to guiding clients through transformative paths, he focuses on unlocking potential and fostering growth.

Having had the privilege of benefiting from his coaching expertise for the past two years, I can personally attest to the impactful curiosity, insights, and guidance he brings to each call. Conversations with Dr. Antione are consistently the highlight of my week. #NoLaughsLeftBehind

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ
โœ… Spend on his coaching sessions for a transformative self-investment or gift them to someone ready for personal growth.
โœ… Recommend Dr. Tomlinโ€™s wisdom across your LinkedIn and Twitter to spread the inspiration.
โœ… Tell a friend about Dr. Tomlinโ€™s impactful coaching and how it might benefit them.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ How do you envision coaching transforming your life or career?

Source: Liane Agbi

11. Beautifuli Digital

Introducing Liane Agbi, the creative force behind Beautifuli Digital, a boutique agency dedicated to crafting bold and beautiful websites for ambitious business owners.

Lianeโ€™s mission? To amplify female-focused brands by enhancing online engagement through stunning websites that captivate and convert. Iโ€™m grateful to have found her to build The Collab Lab, Inc.โ€™s website.

Liane is also the founder and editorial director of BAUCE Magazine.

She champions women, sharing stories of financial freedom and personal success. Her dual role showcases her commitment to empowering women through digital media and design.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ!
โžก๏ธ Spend on Beautifuli Digitalโ€™s web development services to elevate your brandโ€™s online presence.
โžก๏ธ Recommend the inspiring stories from BAUCE Magazine on social media.
โžก๏ธ Tell a friend about Beautifuli Digital and BAUCE!

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ How can Lianeโ€™s expertise in digital design and storytelling enhance your businessโ€™s online strategy?

Source: Rocki Howard

12. Diversiology

Meet Rocki Howard, the visionary behind Diversiology.IO, a groundbreaking initiative set to transform the world of work for small and medium-sized business (SMBs) into a more engaged and inclusive space.

Diversiology introduces a fresh, three-pillared approach: content, coaching, and collaboration. This innovative strategy moves beyond traditional consulting to meet the specific needs of SMBs.

Rockiโ€™s Diversiology is the solution many SMBs need to create cultures that celebrate individuality and ensure everyone feels safe and valued.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ถโ€™๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜, ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Explore the unique solutions at Diversiology.
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Connect with Rocki and follow Diversiology for insights into creating inclusive work environments.
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธTransform your SMB with Rockiโ€™s innovative approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

โžก๏ธ How can Diversiology.IOโ€™s approach to inclusion impact your business or workplace culture?

Source: Zachary Nunn

13. Living Corporate

Zachary Nunn leads Living Corporate, an experience management (XM) startup dedicated to fostering workplace fairness. Through innovative strategies and a commitment to liberation, equity, and justice, Living Corporate is setting a new standard for workplace inclusivity.

At its core, Living Corporate leverages analytics, talent enablement, and brand storytelling to cultivate employee trust and bolster market confidence.

This unique approach positions them as a key player in driving brand capital by attracting global brands committed to workplace fairness.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ: ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ!

โœ… Spend time diving into the resources and initiatives offered by Living Corporate to understand their impact.
โœ… Recommend Living Corporate to organizations seeking to enhance their commitment to workplace fairness.
โœ… Tell a friend about Living Corporateโ€™s pivotal role in promoting liberation, equity, and justice in the workplace.

โžก๏ธ How can initiatives like Living Corporate transform the world of work as we know it?

Source: Stephanie Espy

14. STEM Gems

Stephanie Espy, Founder and Executive Director of STEM Gems is a founder worth knowing.

An MIT and UC Berkeley Chemical Engineering graduate, Stephanieโ€™s mission is to empower the next generation of STEM leaders by coaching them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEM Gems is tackling gender disparity head-on by showcasing the achievements of 44 women excelling in STEM.

Through the STEM Gems book and its accompanying clubs and programs, the initiative encourages girls to see themselves in roles often underrepresented by women, driving home the message that they, too, can achieve greatness in STEM.

๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ
๐Ÿ”ญ Spend by purchasing the STEM Gems book to educate and inspire.
๐Ÿ”ญ Start a STEM Gems club to foster a supportive community for young women in STEM.
๐Ÿ”ญ Share the #GiveGirlsRoleModels message to amplify the impact of female STEM leaders.

โžก๏ธ How can the representation of women in STEM reshape aspirations and achievements for the next generation?

Ready for more? Check out Part 2 here.

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