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The United States is home to around 2.5 million black-owned businesses, according to the Census Bureau. Although the vast majority consist of sole proprietorships or small-scale businesses, an increasing number have regional reach and national ambitions. Below, we re-emerge 10 black entrepreneurs who have recently been present in Forbes and provide a list of 65 other black-owned companies to support. It's not an exhaustive list at all: we don't include numerous high-profile entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey or Rihanna or the many successful entrepreneurs who sell services to other companies, such as David Steward of World Wide Technology. These entrepreneurs and owners sell cosmetics, clothing, books, cars and financial products that you can buy. Fewer offer health products or consumer technology products, in part because they don't have access to venture capital finance. If you are interested in learning more about other black-owned businesses, there are a number of apps and directories online, including The Buy From A Black Woman Directory, The Black Property Market, Etsy's Own Stores, The List of the 100 best of Black Enterprise, List of restaurants owned by Bank Black and Bon Appetit.

Here are 10 black-owned businesses we've highlighted in print and online.

Founded by Maitland in 1995, the $ 9 billion investment company is an expert in defensive investment strategies involving convertible bonds, designed to protect against the downside, capturing most of the stock market gains. The company's $ 500 million publicly traded closed-end fund, Advent Convertible & Income (Ticker: AVK), is the easiest for public investors to access without investment minimums, but carries the greatest risk due to a structure. lever. Mainly owned by Maitland, whose surgeon father once worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 55% of Advent's staff are women and minorities. (For more information, check out our Forbes magazine.)

One of the world's top performing investment companies, Brown Capital's flagship Small Capital Fund has generated an average annual return of 12% more since 1992, about double the Russell 2000 growth index. While that fund is closed to investors, Brown Capital has successfully expanded into international small cap and mid cap stocks, which are funds that anyone can buy. A former T. Rowe Price portfolio manager, founder Eddie Brown started the business in 1983. Now owned by employees, 70% of the rapidly growing company workforce is made up of minorities. (For more information, check out our Forbes magazine.)

Cashmere Nicole, single mother and breast cancer survivor, founded Beauty Bakerie in 2011 as a new vegan lipstick brand, non-toxic and cruelty-free. Beyonce highlighted the nascent brand on its website and Nicole (goes for Cashmere Nicole for business) started marketing her long-lasting lipsticks on Instagram, where she now has 1.2 million followers. Today Beauty Bakerie raised $ 10 million from investors such as Unilever's risk arm, the New Voices Fund and top black executives like Kenneth Chenault (former CEO of AmEx), making Nicole the rare black woman to raise that level of funds venture capital. "America is at an interesting inflection point," says Nicole. "Now is the time for everyone to create a lasting change and legacy." (For more information, check out our online story.)

Three years after Goldman Sachs' chair, Twine's mother died in a car accident. The tragedy pushed her to reconsider her professional career. Inspired by her mother, a chemist who had developed a natural face cream, and her grandmother, who taught her how to make products with natural ingredients, she spent weekends and nights looking for beauty. In 2014, he launched the natural hair care brand, Briogeo, which caters to customers based on the texture of the hair (wavy, enveloping, dry, thin), rather than ethnicity; it was profitable from the start and revenue grew rapidly to $ 10 million by the end of 2018. It was launched internationally in 2018 and is now sold on Sephora shelves worldwide and through the online retailer CultBeauty. in the UK. Last year it sold a minority stake in the company to investor Drunk Elephant VMG for an undisclosed sum. (For more information, see the history of our Forbes magazine.)

After attending college at California State University in Sacramento, Dellinger got an internship and finally a job at Intel. While at the tech giant, he spent nights and weekends in his idea for a natural hair care line. He launched Curls in 2002, starting the business. His great opportunity: to reach a partnership with Target. Today about 80% of the company's revenue comes from the sale of many of its 150 products in stores such as Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and CVS; the rest comes from online sales. He wrote a book about his trip "from projects to the attic" and made his TV show on Oprah's OWN Network – Mind Your Business with Mahisha – helping other women-led companies reach the million dollar mark. (For more information, check out our online story.)

Forbes Under 30 social entrepreneurs, Nigerian entrepreneur Wemimo and his business partner Goel co-founded Esusu in 2019. The mobile platform mainly helps people from marginalized communities to save money, access capital and build credit. Renters generally don't get credit for making monthly payments on time; Esusu's platform helped change it. In January, he teamed up with Equifax to use his rental reporting platform to feed renters' credit scores. In May, Esusu launched a fund that provides rental assistance to those most affected by Covid-19. He has since raised nearly $ 200,000 for the fund. With over 200,000 users to date, startup expects revenue to reach $ 1.2 million this year. (For more information, check out our online story.)

Founded in 2013 by 39-year-old Imira, Mayvenn is a digital salon supported by a company in which customers purchase human hair extensions and wigs and book appointments with stylists. Mayvenn employs 63 people (81% of whom are black people) and directs business to 3000 black stylists across the country. Since the salons were forced to close during the pandemic, Imira has raised $ 1.3 million in relief cash that it is giving to its designer network. (For more information, see the history of our Forbes magazine.)

For nearly half of their lives, Robin McBride and Andréa McBride-John did not know that the other existed. The stepsisters, who were casually raised in the wine regions, respectively in California and New Zealand, met for the first time in 1999. Six years later, they started their wine business. Last year, the McBride Sisters Collection sold nearly 100,000 cases, placing it in 3% of the nation's wineries. Today, 90% of the staff is made up of women and more than half are black people. To follow: canned spritz, scheduled for this summer. (For more information, check out our online story.)

In 2007, Dr. Gentles, who had worked at the Texas Children's Hospital, joined Bryant, a friend of the church who had worked as a technology implementation and training consultant, to start a urgent assistance only for children. Today, NightLight Pediatric has eight pediatric sites for urgent care, with 130 employees (80% of whom are black people) and a turnover of $ 11 million last year. An alum of our list of small giants of 2017, the company remains entirely owned by its three founders. (For more information, check out our online interview with Bryant.)

Konte founded Red Bay six years ago and expanded it to include five Bay Area cafes and solid corporate sales. Since March, the pandemic has had an impact. Although Red Bay's coffee roaster is working, its coffees have had to close and it has lost profitable contracts to supply the offices of Facebook, Twitter and Airbnb. Fortunately, its wholesale and retail activities increased between March and May. Awareness that Red Bay is a black-owned company tripled online sales in the first three days of June, says 53-year-old Konte. "People want to support us these days," he says. A visual artist and former activist who organized protests in San Francisco following the 1991 beating of Rodney King, claims to be inspired by Gandhi's quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Pre-pandemic, it had 60 employees, all black, including 25 people previously imprisoned or raised in foster care. Its staff has decreased by half. "We had to make painful and drastic cuts," he says. (For more information, check out our online story.)

See below for 65 other black-owned businesses grouped by categories like finance and hair care.

AJ Crimson Beauty

Founder: AJ Crimson
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: makeup for all ethnic groups, shades
Website: ajcrimson.com
Instagram: @ajcrimson

Black girl sunscreen

Founder: Shontay Lundy
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: sun protection products
Website: blackgirlsunscreen.com
Instagram: @blackgirlsunscreen

Danessa Myricks Beauty

Founder: Danessa Myricks
Headquarters: New York City
Description: brand of cosmetics
Website: danessamyricksbeauty.com
Instagram: @danessa_myricks

Foot Nanny

Founder: Gloria L. Williams
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: foot products for aromatherapy
Website: footnanny.com
Instagram: @footnanny


Founders: Trinity Mouzon Wofford, Issey Kobori
Headquarters: New York City
Description: boosters for smoothies and face masks made with superfoods
Website: golde.co
Instagram: @golde

KNC Beauty

Founder: Kristen Noel Crawley
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: natural collagen masks
Website: kncbeauty.com
Instagram: @kncbeauty

The Lip Bar

Founder: Melissa Butler
Headquarters: Detroit
Description: custom vegan lipsticks
Website: thelipbar.com
Instagram: @thelipbar

Mented cosmetics

Founders: KJ Miller, Amanda Johnson
Headquarters: New York City
Description: cosmetics in inclusive shades
Website: mentedcosmetics.com
Instagram: @mentedcosmetics

Pat McGrath Labs

Founder: Pat McGrath
Headquarters: New York City
Website: www.patmcgrath.com
Description: cosmetic brand of influential makeup artist
Instagram: @patmcgrathreal

Uoma Beauty

Founder: Sharon Chuter
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: cosmetics in inclusive shades
Website: uomabeauty.com
Instagram: @uomabeautyon

Camille Rose

Founder: Janell Stephens
Headquarters: Macon, Georgia
Description: handmade and all natural hair and skin products
Website: camillerose.com
Instagram: @camillerosenaturals


Founder: Myleik Teele
Headquarters: Atlanta
Description: monthly subscription box for curly hair products
Website: curlbox.com
Instagram: @curlbox


Founders: Kimberly and Timothy Lewis
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: organic products for curly hair
Website: curlmix.com
Instagram: @CurlMix

The Cut Buddy

Founder: Joshua Esnard
Headquarters: Pittsboro, North Carolina
Description: hair model for cutting
Website: thecutbuddy.com
Instagram: @thecutbuddy


Founder: Candace Mitchell
Headquarters: Atlanta
Description: personalized hair products
Website: myavana.com
Instagram: @myavanahaircare

Melanin Haircare

Founder: Whitney and Taffeta White
Location: Boston
Description: natural hair products designed for black women
Website: melaninhaircare.com
Instagram: @melaninhaircare

Beauty of the model

Founder: Tracee Ellis Ross
Headquarters: El Segundo, California
Website: patternbeauty.com
Description: hair products for five types of texture between 3B (medium curly) and 4C (super frizz)
Instagram: @patternbeauty

Rucker roots

Founders: Ellen and Ione Rucker
Headquarters: Waxhaw, North Carolina
Description: natural hair products designed for black women
Website: ruckerroots.com
Instagram: @ruckerroots

Aminah Abdul Jillil

Founder: Aminah Abdul Jillil
Headquarters: Las Vegas, Nevada
Description: luxury shoes and boots for women and children
Website: aminahabduljillil.com
Instagram: @aminahjillil

BLK MKT Vintage

Founders: Kiyanna Stewart, Jannah Handy
Headquarters: New York City
Description: vintage collectibles that celebrate black culture
Website: blkmktvintage.com
Instagram: @blkmktvintage

Bolé Road Textiles

Founder: Hana Getachew
Location: Kingston, New York
Description: fabrics made by craftsmen in Ethiopia
Website: boleroadtextiles.com
Instagram: @boleroadtextiles

Brother Vellies

Founder: Aurora James
Headquarters: New York City
Description: shoes and handcrafted accessories by African craftsmen
Website: brothervellies.com
Instagram: @brothervellies

Cherry Blossom Intimates

Founder: Jasmine Jones
Headquarters: Glenarden, Maryland
Description: bras for women who have had mastectomies
Website: cherryblossomintimates.com
Instagram: @cherryblossomintimates


Founders: Carly Cushnie, Michelle Ochs
Headquarters: New York City
Description: ready-to-wear and women's accessories
Website: cushnie.com
Instagram: @cushnie


Founder: Amira Rasool
Headquarters: New York City
Description: clothing, accessories and household items by designers based in Africa and the African diaspora
Website: shopthefolklore.com
Instagram: @thefolklore


Founder: Daymond John
Headquarters: New York City
Description: hip hop clothing
Website: fubu.com
Instagram: @fubu


Founder: Anifa Mvuemba
Headquarters: North Bethesda, Maryland
Website: hanifa.co
Description: women's clothing
Instagram: @hanifaofficial

I hope for the flowers

Founder: Tracy Reese
Headquarters: New York City
Description: sustainable clothing for women
Website: hopeforflowers.com
Instagram: @hopeforflowersbytracyreese


Founder: Jamila Acheampong
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Description: shoes sold in 10 shades including nude
Website: kahmune.com
Instagram: @kahmune

Mateo New York

Founder: Matthew Harris.
Headquarters: New York City
Description: refined jewelry with diamonds and precious stones
Website: mateonewyork.com
Instagram: @mateonewyork

Pyer Moss

Founder: Kerby Jean-Raymond
Headquarters: New York City
Description: fashion brand
Website: pyermoss.com
Instagram: @pyermoss


Founder: Telfar Clemens
Headquarters: New York City
Description: unisex bags
Website: telfar.net
Instagram: @telfarglobal

The Sixes

Founder: Franci Girard
Headquarters: New York City
Description: fashion for tall women
Website: thesixes.com
Instagram: @thesixesnyc

The Wrap Life

Founder: Nnenna Stella
Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York
Description: headband, headbands, turbans and bandanas
Website: thewrap.life
Instagram: @thewraplife


Founder: Ashley Fouyolle
Headquarters: New York City
Description: sustainable gift box, greeting cards and home decorations in bold design
Website: unwrp.com
Instagram: @unwrp


Founder: Kelechi Anyadiegwu
Headquarters: New York City
Description: market for emerging brands all over the world
Website: ujuumedia.com
Instagram: @ujuumedia

Ariel Investments

Founder: John Rogers
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: mutual funds
Website: arielinvestments.com
Instagram: @arielinvestments

Industrial bank

CEO: Doyle Mitchell Jr.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Description: banking and financial services
Website: industrial-bank.com
Instagram: @bankindustrial

OneUnited Bank

Founder: Kevin Cohee
Headquarters: Boston
Description: the largest black-owned bank in the country
Website: oneunited.com
Instagram: @oneunited

Refreshment tea house

Founder: LaTonia Cokely
Headquarters: Washington, DC
Description: loose tea
Website: adjournteahouse.com
Instagram: @adjournteahouse

BLK + Bold

Founders: Rod Johnson, Pernell Cezar
Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa
Description: fair trade coffee and loose tea
Website: blkandbold.com
Instagram: @blkandbold

Brown Estate

Company: Brown Estate
Founder: Deneen, David and Coral Brown
Headquarters: St. Helena, California
Website: brownestate.com
Description: Napa Valley winery
Instagram: @brownestate

French Chicago Press

Founder: Kris Christian
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: flavored organic roasted coffee
Website: chicagofrenchpress.com
Instagram: @chicagofrenchpress

Crowns and hops

Founders: Beny Ashburn, Teo Hunter
Headquarters: Inglewood, California
Description: craft beer and brewery
Website: crownsandhops.com
Instagram: @crownsandhops

Forty acres of fresh market

Founder: Liz Abunaw
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: grocery store that manages pop-ups with fresh food in less-served neighborhoods
Website: fortyacresfreshmarket.com
Instagram: @fortyacresfreshmarket

The Furlough Cheesecake

Founders: Nikki Howard, Jaqi Wright
Headquarters: Oxon Hill, Maryland
Description: cheesecake maker
Website: thefurloughcheesecake.com
Instagram: @thefurloughcake

Golden Krust

Headquarters: New York City
Founders: Lowell Hawthorne (deceased) and family
Description: Caribbean restaurant franchise and Jamaican meatball seller
Website: goldenkrust.com
Instagram: @goldenkrust

International smoking

Founders: Ayesha Curry, Michael Mina
Headquarters: San Francisco
Website: internationalsmoke.com
Description: global inspired barbecue chain
Instagram: @internationalsmoke

Marcus Samuelsson group

Founder: Marcus Samuelsson
Headquarters: New York City
Description: group of restaurants of the acclaimed chef that includes Red Rooster Harlem
Website: marcussamuelssongroup.com
Instagram: @marcuscooks

Take food

Founder: Denise Woodard
Headquarters: Jersey City
Description: gluten-free, vegan and allergic biscuits
Website: partakefoods.com
Instagram: @partakefoods

Enterprise black

CEO: Earl G. “Butch” Graves Jr.
Headquarters: New York City
Description: multimedia company focused on the black enterprise
Website: blackenterprise.com
Instagram: @blackenterprise


Founder: Morgan DeBaun
Headquarters: San Francisco
Description: online media company for black millennials
Website: blavity.com
Instagram: @blavity


Founders: Edward Lewis, Clarence O. Smith, Jonathan Blount, Cecil Hollingsworth
Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York
Description: lifestyle magazine
Website: essence.com
Instagram: @essence

Urban One Inc

Founder: Catherine Hughes
Headquarters: Silver Spring, Maryland
Description: public media company focused on telling black stories
Website: urban1.com
Instagram: @tvonetv

Eso has won books

Founders: James Fugate, Thomas Hamilton
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: library with a large selection of books on African American history
Website: esowonbookstore.com
Instagram: @esowonbooks


Founder: Justina Blakeney
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Description: online retailer of home decorations, gifts, clothing
Website: jmobile.com
Instagram: @thejweg

The Lit. Bar

Founder: Noëlle Santos
Location: New York City
Description: library and bar
Website: thelitbar.com
Instagram: @thelitbar

Love Notes Fragrances

Founder: Nya Kam
Headquarters: New York City
Description: soy-scented candles
Website: lovenotesfragrances.com
Instagram: @lovenotesllc

4D Healthware

Founder: Star Cunningham
Headquarters: Chicago
Description: virtual health management for patients
Website: www.4dhealthware.com
Twitter: @ 4DHealthware


Founder: Kristian Henderson
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Description: marketplace for natural beauty and wellness products made by artisans and black entrepreneurs
Website: blkgrn.com
Instagram: @blkandgrn

The Honey Pot

Founder: Beatrice Dixon
Headquarters: Atlanta
Description: natural products for female care
Website: thehoneypot.co
Instagram: @thehoneypotco

Vibrant health

Owners: Ted and Paige Parker
Headquarters: Shelton, Connecticut
Description: food supplements
Website: vibranthealth.com
Instagram: @vibranthealth


Founder: John Goullet
Headquarters: Red Bank, New Jersey
Description: IT personnel company
Website: www.diversant.com
Instagram: @diversant_llc

RML Automotive

Founders: Robert L. Johnson, Mack McLarty, Steve Landers
Headquarters: Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas
Description: car dealers selling Ford, GMC, Honda, Suburu, Jeep and other brands
Website: rmlauto.com

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Founder: Sheila Johnson
Headquarters: Middleburg, Virginia
Website: salamanderresort.com
Description: collection of luxury properties
Instagram: @salamanderhotels