For years it has been the media’s mission to scratch out the existence of Black-owned start-ups in the business world. Historically white people have insulted and even went as far as burning down successful black stores and shops out of pure hatred. The news today often acknowledges businesses that are owned by whites, therefore, overshadowing prevalent black companies that are up and coming. To shed light on our advancements and integration into the business world, here are the five best black-owned stores every black person needs to know about.
1. Agbara Life is an Oakland, Ca. based wearable technology company. Functional backpacks are the debut accessory equipped with a charging port, credit card-safe pocket, water resistant material and are travel-friendly. Agbara Life meets the need of business-minded millennials to stay connected in a tech-driven society. More important than the utility and craftsmanship of their backpacks, is Agbara’s premise of black culture and the community. By engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math studies, Agbara seeks to provide underrepresented youths a leg-up towards achieving wealth. Students and consumers are not the only benefits of Agbara Life’s consciousness. As a benefits corporation, employees and the environment are positively impacted as well.
2. Ark Republic was just founded this past year and puts a focus on topics and issues that affect U.S citizens nationally. Ark Republic covers it all by intertwining historical context with the happenings of today’s world. The conversation is inviting, invigorating and innovative. This New Jersey-based platform is on-par with the increased consciousness, not only worldwide but also within the black community.
3. Based out of Washington, D.C., Rakhel’s Live Cuisine is a Gourmet Vegan Food and Delivery company. Health is wealth; this start-up is excellent for foodies transitioning to a more mindful lifestyle. Rakhel offers cooking classes, delicious recipes and even personal chef services. Cuisine is no longer intimidating, instead an adventure and opportunity to learn. Aside from the promotion of wellness, Rakhel’s Live Cuisine celebrates womanhood, Afrocentricity and the overall uplifting of the black community.
4. Reid Estate LLC a Realtor enterprise, owned by husband and wife, Naciki and Stephanie Reid. Their mission in life is to equip the black community with the right tools and resources to build wealth for generations to come. Naciki is an author and financial educator, whose curriculum has made its way into classrooms and workshops across Connecticut. His wife, Stephanie is a financial facilitator, realtor, and photographer who uses her managerial experience to coach others to success. This realtor company is a one-stop shop for those seeking to manifest their own destiny!
5. Corporate Concierge Group is the ultimate black start-up as it is a springboard for other black start-ups. Entrepreneurs have access to industry-specific workbooks, virtual one-on-one workshops, as well as tips and resources for branding and content development. For those who want to learn more about the ins and outs of starting a self-made business, the Corporate Concierge shows you how. What is especially impressive about this group is their down-to-earth and practical approach from recommendations on successful business attire and to gift giving ideas that put money back into the black-owned market.
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