20 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Month…And Beyond!

Happy Blackity Black, Black History Month y’all!

I hope y’all didn’t think that I forgot about BMH. Since we live in a country that thrives on capitalism, what better way to spend our coin then by supporting those who look like us? Black Owned businesses (especially Small BO businesses) often get overlooked for many reasons. As we prepare to wrap up BHM, I wanted to share some small & large businesses worth looking into.

Creative Arts & DIY

Brittany Loves Art

My cousin Brittany started her Perler bead in December 2020. Brittany got into beading while working for an after school program, and her hobby soon morphed into a profitable business in the blink of an eye. Brittany can make anyone and any thing out of beads. She creates key chains, wall art, and portraits. She’s best known for her celebrity and family portraits.

Check out her work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrittanyLovesArt

Designs By Rhyver

My sorority sis Rhyver has an amazing shop of customized home decor. Her work ranges from custom mugs, all styles of drinking glasses, liquor bottles, flower vases, and beyond.

Check out her work here: @designsbyrhyver on IG

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SPOTLIGHT TUESDAYS PRESENTS: THE JILL OF ALL TRADES

A woman who is skilled in or adept at a wide variety of tasks or abilities, multifaceted, thee Master Creative!

Brianna is the true Jill of All Trades! Never in my life have I met someone who is good at EVERYTHING, until I met my best friend. We met second semester of high school during our freshman year. She was new to the school and we instantly clicked! She’s always been creative, full of life, silly (the shenanigans we’ve gotten into over the years LOL), stylish, talented, and most importantly loving with a huge heart! I look up to her and admire her for her ambition, strength, and lust for life. A creative, innovator for all things Beauty & DIY, and beautiful Black Queen. I am truly inspired by her and I’m excited for what lies ahead for her business in the creative world.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

My name is Brianna, but y’all can call me Bri. I’m the owner of designedbyxavi: hand made Headwrap, headband, and mask sets. I’m also a wife and stay at home mommy to my 1.5 year old.

I met Bree 2nd semester of freshman year in high school. I was the new girl and she was so welcoming and sweet. We clicked and have been best friends ever since.

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SPOTLIGHT TUESDAYS PRESENTS: THE CEO

 
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CEO
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noun
  1. a chief executive officer, the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for making managerial decisions.

Clara is the epitome of Girl Boss and Phenomenal Woman, all wrapped in one! We met in Grad School at LMU through a mutual friend. She’s always been kindhearted, full of life, and a true friend, who eventually turned into a big sister! I look up to her and admire her for her work ethic, from the way she carries herself with such poise and class, to how she handles business with style and grace! An advocate, counselor, game changer, and beautiful Black Queen. She uplifts the special needs community and always puts her clients first! She goes above and beyond to ensure clients get the adequate care they need, providing parents/caregivers with long lasting tools for their children to live a meaningful life. I am truly inspired by her and her advocacy for children on the Autism spectrum.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

My name is Clara Youngblood and I am the Founder/CEO of Full Spectrum Child Care here in Los Angeles, CA. Full Spectrum Child Care is a private company that provides respite services for families with children on the Autism spectrum. I met Bree through a mutual friend on campus while we attended LMU to obtain our Masters Degrees. We instantly became friends and shared a few classes together. My most fondest memory of Bree was our girls getaway to The Grand Canyon!! We shared SO MANY LAUGHS. Bree embodied the love and kindness you’d want in a friend; in a sister. 

What inspired you to start your company? When was it founded and why?

The inspiration behind Full Spectrum Child Care came from the lack of services for families, parents/caregivers in particular, who needed additional support to raise their children with special needs.

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Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Innovator

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in·no·va·tor
noun
a person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products.

Deja is a burst of energy and sunshine! We met back in high school during our drama club days and she was always positive and such a joy to be around. We have been laughing together ever since. An advocate, activist, creative, game changer, and beautiful Black Queen. With every cloth diaper she sews, she makes it with love and her customers in mind. She uplifts those around her and is #FUBU to the max, spreading awareness on the beauty that is Black culture. She proudly uses her platform to discuss topics of social justice and promoting eco-friendly baby products. I am truly inspired by her and her business she runs. She’s not only building a legacy, but creating generational wealth for her family too.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

Hey ! I’m Deja, 29 years old, sage burning, fist raising, mother of one little Sunshine Jaylen. I met Bree in high school. She was super sweet with a big smile and I knew we would become friends. We spent 3 years singing, acting, and laughing together at Junipero Serra High School.

What inspired you to start your business? How long has it been up and running?

When I had my son Jaylen at 19 he had really sensitive skin. He experienced frequent baby acne breakouts and really bothersome diaper rashes from disposable diapers. He had one really bad chemical rash and I decided to try out cloth diapers as an alternative. After one full day in cloth diapers, I decided to make the switch. Soon after, I began to make his cloth diapers and received requests to make diapers for other babies. Once I started fulfilling orders, I never stopped sewing.

It turned into a passion, it led to viral posts, and a cloth diaper that disrupted the natural parenting world and brought about change. 9 years later, I am still sewing and using creative activism to promote change in the cloth diapering community.

What is the main focus of your business?

The main focus of my business is Black Centered Designs and Eco Friendly baby products. I combine the two and raise money for organizations that benefit black people while supporting myself and my son.

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For Us, By Us: 6 Black Owned Small Businesses To Support This Month

Happy Blackity Black, Black History Month y’all!
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Since we live in a country that thrives on capitalism, what better way to spend our coin then by supporting those who look like us. Often times, due to pricing or lack of exposure, Black Owned businesses (especially Small BO businesses) often get overlooked. Well, I’m here to tell you that this stops now! As we prepare to wrap up BHM, I wanted to share some small businesses worth looking into.

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