August is National Black Business Month. There are approximately 124,551 black business owners in the United States, according to the 2021 Census. This number is increasing each year, with the support of consumers and other businesses who are understanding the value of shopping local, shopping small, and supporting a diverse community, including black businesses. We have created a list of some small, up-and-coming black-owned businesses to support this August and any other time of the year. These are just a handful of black-owned businesses, but again there are over 100,000 in the United States, and plenty in your own backyard.
Apparel and Accessories
Ariel Hart is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. She turns her bright colorful art with pop culture references into wearable enamel pins. Her products are available for purchase on her Etsy store.
Abi Ishola, an Emmy nominated journalist, started Beyond Classically Beautiful in 2015. Her company started as a photo series that celebrated black women, which then expanded into a clothing line. The company’s goal is to is to continue to "inspire, showcase, and uplift Black women through beauty and style”. They sell a variety of stylish T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories with empowering text.
Begun in Atlanta, Georgia, Jade Gold Studio creates handmade gold jewelry of a wide variety, from anklets, to bracelets, to necklaces and rings. They describe their jewelry as a minimalist style that suits any woman. It can be enjoyed for its simplicity or layered for a bold, modern look.
Art and Design
Hunnibuzz is a creative digital agency based in Long Beach, California. They offer web design, branding, photography, marketing, and graphic design services. They are inspired by ground-up businesses, and it is their goal to help starting small businesses thrive.
Maurice “Mo Noise” Noisette is a self taught visual artist from Charleston, South Carolina. Mo Noise started his career with painting and drawings, then progressed to digital art, and now works as an architect during the day in Seattle, Washington. He exhibits his work throughout Seattle in galleries, offices, and retail spaces. Hi