Bad & Bossy
As the world continues to spiral into uncertainty, Black women are doing what they’ve always done: making
a way out of no way by starting businesses despite rampant racism, sexism, elitism and an egregious lack of available resources in the entrepreneurship space.
According to the Harvard Business Review, 17% of Black women are in the process of starting or running new businesses compared to only 10% of white women and 15% of white men.
At this rate, Black women are starting (and self-funding) businesses faster than anyone else while receiving less than 1% of venture capital funding and being largely ignored by the notoriously shady PPP program
With this in mind, we compiled an essential list of Black woman entrepreneurs for you to follow, support, and celebrate as they continue to hustle harder than any other educated group in the world.
Joy M. Hutton
Owner of on demand beauty service On The Go Glam that allows consumers to book professional nail, hair, and makeup sessions at their desired time and preferred location.
Johnika “Milan” Harris
Founder of luxury unisex brand Milano di Rouge.
CEO of The Lip Bar–a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that exists to help change the way you think about beauty.
Founder of Snob Life–a popular online beauty supply store with quality hair extensions, lip gloss, lipstick, lashes and hair care products.
Founder of Ezra Coffee Company–an ethically-sourced collection of coffees infused with rich, bold flavors rooted in a shared history that unites us all.
Founder of Waydamin Merch–a trendy apparel line featuring bodysuits, shapewear, sweatsuits, two-piece sets, and swimwear.
Jessica Rich (the first Black woman to have shoes sold in Nordstrom)
Founder of the Jessica Rich Collection–an affordable luxury shoe line.
Creator & Founder of Black Girl Sunscreen–a 30 SPF lotion infused with natural ingredients and formulated for women of color.
CEO of SHIFT StyleHouse–a fashion apparel and lifestyle brand that serves to empower women with confidence, class, and style.
Business & Mindset Coach.
CEO & Creative Director of NL The Label–a stylish fashion brand known for recontextualizing denim.
Founder & Designer at luxurious bridal wear company Pantora Bridal.
Founder and Design Director of Kendall Miles–a high-quality, luxury footwear brand handcrafted with ethically sourced, sustainable materials.
Founder of the P.M. Firm and Dope People Meet–a boutique entertainment marketing and event curation company.
Ashley Christopher, ESQ.
Founder & CEO of HBCU Week Foundation which encourages high-school aged youth to enroll into HBCU’s, provides scholarship dollars for matriculation and sustains a pipeline for employment from undergraduate school to corporate America.
Founder of The Spice Group–a super creative boutique production company based in Atlanta, Ga.
CEO of TheOrganiBrands–a vegan, organic, all-natural hair line that caters to all ages and hair types.
Founder & CEO of Nutrithick–a 100% natural enhancing supplement that helps women bounce back after pregnancy.
Owner of The Pink Zebra Boutique–Atlanta’s leading retail location for Independent brands.
Mellisa A. Mitchell
Founder of Abeille Creations–a dynamic abstract art company coveted by major brands.
Founder & CEO of The Cut Life–a popular online community for hair lovers.
CEO of Sweet Box Beauty–a cruelty-free cosmetics brand “made for the most gorgeous faces.”
Co-owner of cutting edge entertainment site The Jasmine Brand
Founder of Beauty By Africa Miranda–an innovative, multi-purpose collection of skin and body care products designed to nourish your body from head to toe.
Creative consultant, social event curator, and Founder + Creative Director of Scripted in Black–a creative arts collective.
Owner of The Bombchel Factory which specializes in dreaming up contemporary African clothing, training disadvantaged women to sew her designs, and helping the women to become self-sufficient.
Founder & CEO of The Mane Choice–a premium multi-cultural healthy hair growth and retention company.
Owner of PHATGirlBouteeque–a super cool tee shirt shop that blends feminism with social, fashion, and beauty culture.
Owner of Media Girls LA–a social media/influencer marketing agency.
Founder & CEO of “The Gumbo”–a cultural hub that showcases the multi-dimensional experience of Hip-Hop while reframing, re-energizing and reimagining its role as a purveyor of womanism, Black culture, activism, musical innovation, fashion, and politics.
CEO of trendy breast tape company Pots Of Honey. Dubbed the “Spanx for breasts”, Pots of Honey Tittie City Tape allows women to be braless and worry-free.
“This is the top item to have when getting dressed for a night out on the town, it gives a little more confidence for date night, and it serves as a postpartum pick me up. If you’re a new mom, it will “have your girls sitting up while also preventing your breast milk from leaking.”
CEO of Browned 2 Perfection agency–a creative marketing and event production agency that specializes in helping brands and artists become the best version of themselves.
Founder of Blackwomxnhealing–an intergenerational community of black womxn committed to wholeness. we curate healing circles, exhibitions, courses, and research for us, by us.
Professional marketer with extensive experience in integrated campaigns