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Spotlight On Small Black Owned Businesses To Support

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

The current pandemic we are facing as a nation has definitely left a mark on every single person I know. One big lesson that I learned is that people should always have a side hustle that they are passionate about to keep them afloat when their "Norms" are disrupted.


I am extremely fortunate to have a stable job, and still have the extra time to work on Jummy's Closet during this pandemic. The extra time allowed me to connect / reconnect with some "Small Black Owned Businesses" all around the world.


I will be highlighting some of the small black owned businesses (including Jummy's Closet) that I personally love below. These ladies have inspired me, and I have been able to learn a thing or two from them.


Shop with them if you’re able to, and follow them for future inspiration as well.



Jummy's Closet

Owner - Jummy Ajayi


Location - Bowie, Maryland


Website - www.jummyajayi.com

Instagram - www.instagram.com/jummyscloset_csc


Jummy's Closet is an online Fashion Boutique with stylish clothing and accessories produced in the United States, United kingdom, and Nigeria combined.

It was created in 2018 with the hopes of getting rid of new clothes that were just hanging in the closet.

They now offer variety of collections, including newly launched African Attires and Accessories.

Items found at Jummy's Closet ranges from blazers / jackets, customized tees, dresses, jumpsuits, clutches, necklaces, and much more.

They cater to all women, no matter what their choices or tastes in clothing's are.

The goal at Jummy's Closet is to show women that they can be "Sexy" and "Classy" without exposing themselves.






Divinescanning


Owner: Dare Nwaka


Location: Bowie, Maryland.


Website: www.divinescanning.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/divinescanning


Divinescanning provides hands on training sessions to ultrasound students and technologists interested in cross training. They also provide CME's and online courses to help technologists keep up with their license. Mrs. Nwaka is also the author of Vascular Technology Made Simple which has been the "go to book" for students studying for their board exams. The book is currently available on Amazon.





Teni & Tayo Creations


Owner: Omobola Imoisili


Location: Los Angeles, Carlifornia


Website: www.teniandtayo.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/feyifey


At Feyifey, they make books, toys and accessories for kids celebrating diverse characters and African stories. They exist because every child deserves to see themselves represented in the books and toys they buy; and all children deserve to have more diversity on their bookshelves, and in their toy boxes.





Fashion Bella Boutique



Owner: Sheriel T Carr


Location: New Orleans, LA


Website: www.fashionbellaboutique.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/fashion_bellaboutique


Fashion Bella Boutique was founded in October 2018 by a young entrepreneur who is only 18 years old, self-driven, and determined to build her own empire. Her vision was manifested in April 2020 when she was in her last week in high school. Fashion Bella Boutique gives out jazzy, sassy, comfy, cool-girl vibes, and famous for it’s laid-back, casual, and gorgeous every day clothing.

Being an entrepreneur, her focus is to give customers an unforgettable experience, and make them feel good about themselves.






Prime Tax and Accounting Solutions



Owner: Rue Gumunyu


Location - Sacramento, CA


Service - Virtual in all 50 states in the USA.


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/primetaxandaccounting/



Rue Gumunyu is the owner of Prime Tax and Accounting solutions. She is an Accountant and licensed Tax professional whose passion is helping individuals and business owners navigate their financials with ease and gain more revenue.


She is also a mom, speaker, and a workshop facilitator for financial literacy workshops. Her signature workshop, Brunch and Learn has helped a lot of women attain financial freedom.


She also serves women across the nations, through her Facebook group Ladies Building Wealth. She teaches various topics like credit, stock investing, money management, taxes, real estate, entrepreneurship and so much more. She also creates a platform for other women experts and entrepreneurs to share their experiences and expertise.






Innate Expressions®️



Owner: Emma Barnafo


Location: Alexandria, Virginia


Website: www.innate-expressions.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/@innateexpressions2013


Innate Expressions® began in the heart of one woman (Emma) and is still metamorphosing from a 'caterpillar into a butterfly'......


THE MISSION

To create unique handmade accessories that promote individuality and also provide function without sacrificing style!


THE BRAND

Here you will find unique designs that have been infused with elegance, class, a dash of retro, and an occasional African flair.


MY WHY

The brand reflects what I believe in.......that true beauty emanates from within, and we are each beautiful & handsome in our own unique ways. We must never apologize for that! Be you, do you!





Jay and Tess African Closet and Januetoh Enterprise



Owner: Monkonjay King


Location: Boston


Website: www.jayandtessafricancloset.shopify.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/jay_and_tess_african_closet


Instagram: www.instagram.com/januetohenterprise



Jay and Tess Closet is a company created by two African sisters with the sole purpose of bringing quality African clothes and accessories to your doorstep. Their well sort after apparels are top grade and affordable. Check them out on Instagram to see what they have to offer.


Januetoh Enterprise, the second business run by Monkonjay specializes in party planning and decorations. She took over the operations of the business when her mother unfortunately passed away from Cancer. She is keeping her Mother's legacy alive by continuing her work. Check them out if you're in the Boston area.





Fiscalpink



Owner: Sharon Lewis


Location: Bowie, MD


Website: www.fiscalpink.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/fiscalpink


Fiscalpink is a woman owned minority business that specializes in financial education and planning. They equip families with tools and resources to help them understand basic money concepts. Their goal is to help 1000 families develop a plan to reduce debt, plan for retirement, and invest for their financial future.





KolorMe Beautiful



Owner: Rina Richardson


Location: Georgia


Website: www.kolormebeautiful.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/kolormebeautifulbyrina


KolorMe Beautiful is a black owned cosmetic line made to inspire all people. They believe that everyone’s uniqueness makes them special and they create products to allow everyone to be themselves. KMB was founded in 2019 and started off with a colored lash collection, since then the business has grown and they provide many more options for your beauty needs! #BeBoldBeDifferentBeBeautiful






Lively Hair Boutique LLC



Owner: Vivian Ify Alfonso


Location: Texas


Website: www.Livelyhairboutique.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/lhb_beauty


LHB was founded in 2016. It is a black owned business that supplies affordable, best quality Human hair. If you love good hair with great quality, then you should try them out. The work speaks for itself.





Tasty Kitchen


Owner: Bisi Moore


Location: Bowie, Maryland


Instagram: www.instagram.com/mamatasty


Tasty Kitchen created in 2009 is a local catering business that specializes, but not limited to African food. They serve delicious food, and provide flawless service. You should definitely try their "Oven Grilled Tilapia with Plantain whenever you're in the D.C area. Check out their instagram page to see what they have to offer.





Pilleauxandbeaux


Owner: Blair Taylor


Location: Greensboro, NC


Website: www.pilleauxandbeaux.com


Instagram: www.instagram.com/pilleauxandbeaux


She started sewing pillows, because she could not find that perfect pillow for her home. After speaking to some friends, and realizing that they too were having trouble finding the right pillow, she decided that designing hers would be the best option. Since then, she has sold many custom pillows.

She also makes the best bows for hair. Check out her Instagram page for all her beautiful work.




Now that you have been introduced to these amazing black owned businesses, feel free to check them out, and hopefully patronize them now, and in the future.



Do you know of other amazing and talented small business owners that should be given the spotlight ? Comment below, and I'll make sure to include them in my next blog.


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Until next time...... Stay Blessed.


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