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16 Black-Owned Businesses & Professionals You Need to Follow Now

Kaela Johnson
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Kaela Johnson
Published On
Feb 11, 2021
Collage of Black-owned businesses and professionals

We can all have a hand in speeding up the process of inclusivity. One of the best ways to do this is by supporting brands that are owned and operated by BIPOC and to help elevate their voices in any way that we can. In honour of Black History Month, we’re shining the spotlight on Black-owned businesses and professionals who are game-changers in their corresponding fields. We’ve compiled a list of companies, including skincare lines, life coaches, event services, and allergen-free snacks, that you’d love to follow!

So, without further ado, here are 17 Black-owned businesses and professionals that are making their marks in their respective industries.

Raia Carey – @coach.carey

Life isn’t always easy to navigate. It’s normal to lack a sense of direction or inspiration at times. To help steer you in the right direction, Raia Carey can assist in bringing out your inner confidence. She’s a 3x certified life coach who specializes in one-on-one coaching, group coaching, and motivational speaking. Sometimes a few words of encouragement is all you need to change your life.

The Villij – @thevillij

Is self care included on your to-do list? If it’s not, you might want to re-evaluate your priorities. The Villij is a digital community that’s made it their mission to nurture the well-being of women of colour. From fitness classes to wellness talks and workshops, the visionaries behind The Villij are shaping the world into a healthier community.


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KRWND – @iamkrwnd

Pronounced “crowned”, KRWND is a Black-owned business that specializes in custom jewels. They use a variety of materials for their pieces, like gold, silver and stainless steel. Their products aren’t just the perfect everyday accessory, they also make thoughtful gift ideas! Ayesha Curry, Winnie Harlow, and Mya are just a few of the celebrities that have sported KRWND’s custom pieces.

Shannae Ingleton Smith – @torontoshay

As a co-founder of Kensington Grey, a talent agency rooted in diversity and lifestyle content creator with a large following, Shannae is using her platform to raise awareness on some of the world’s biggest issues. She’s the co-founder of @CanadianBlackStandard, an advocacy that aims to fight the systemic barriers that Black Canadian Women face in the marketing industry. You go, girl!


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Cherry Gardens – @_cherrygardens

Since we spend most of our time at home anyway, might as well invest in loungewear that’s OOTD worthy! Cherry Gardens is a Black-owned business that will serve as your new go-to store for athleisure-inspired loungewear. When we can all finally leave the house, your Cherry Gardens items can easily double as minimalist casual wear.


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Sistine – @thesistines

When you use Sistine’s beauty products, you can rest assured that you’re actually using “clean” ingredients to clear up your skin and not those chemical-ridden ones. At the same time, you’ll be saving the planet in the process. Sistine’s skincare line is eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan. Now you know who to follow for a guilt-free beauty regimen. 


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Ohh! Foods – @ohhfoods

They had us at gluten-free. Ohh! Foods is revolutionizing the snack market with an #InclusiveSnacking mindset. The Black-owned business produces nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan munchies with a sweet look that gives regular snacks a run for their money.

Their items are free of all top 10 priority food allergens. You’ll be wanting to devour their birthday cake cookie dough ASAP.


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Beth Jacobs Weddings & Events – @bethjacobsevents

To avoid any bridezilla occurrences, leave the wedding planning up to the pros. Black business owner, Beth Jacobs, will turn your wedding into a luxury event. Big days like this are supposed to feel like a fairytale, and Beth Jacobs Weddings & Events can do just that.

Monique Bryan – @moniquebryan_co

Never underestimate the power of personal branding. You’re bound to pick up some tips from Monique Bryan. She’s dedicated to helping people boost their brand’s visibility online. With her vibrant personality, the host of the “Juicy CEO Podcast” will show you exactly why you should build a brand instead of a business.

Cup of Té – @cupofteshop

Nothing quite compares to the comfort that a warm cup of tea has to offer. The only thing better than tea is organic tea, and Cup of Té is one of the world’s online premier retailers of a wide range of these products. Coconutty Creme, Peach Please, and Cran-Apple are just a few of the unique flavours available on their site. Even Oprah is a customer and has included them on her “Favorite Things List 2020”.


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Holy Raw – @holy.raw

Holy Raw is another Black-owned business that’s thriving in the beauty department. The brand promises skincare that’s 100% raw, unmodified, and natural. Knowing that there’s a CEO chemist behind the company, gives you extra confidence to swipe on their products like their Willow Bark Face Wash, and their Raw Shea Butter from Ghana. In addition, the company donates a portion of its sales to children in need in Ghana. Now that’s beauty with a cause.


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Nia Lee – @socialeesavvynia

Content creator, Nia Lee, will help you make your online videos shine with her tools and strategies. The Black business owner has worked with big brands like NYX Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, and Shea Moisture in the past. With her tips, you’ll be “socialee savvy” in no time.

Lahaut Studio – @lahaut.studio

Lahaut Studio is a Black-owned business that produces a line of the cutest polymer clay earrings you’ll ever see. When we say “cutest”, we mean groovy VW vans, herbivore dinosaurs, and jolly gingerbread men. If you’re going to have something dangling from your ears, make sure it’s charming!

Natacha Pennycooke – @natachapennycooke.therapy

Psychotherapist and speaker, Natacha Pennycooke, is an expert in helping those who suffer from emotional pain and trauma through her podcasts and social media presence. Mental and emotional health should never be neglected, and she makes sure that her followers keep that in mind. A positive post in your newsfeed can do wonders for your well-being.

HEXX – @hexxinfused

In case you were wondering what HEXX stands for, it means Herbaceous Extract Times X. This Black-owned business promotes healthier replenishing options through organic and botanical infused beverages. Their fruity products are all natural, sugar-free, and with zero calories. Plus, their glass packaging keeps your drink safer in terms of chemical leaching. It’s a healthier way to hydrate, rejuvenate, and reduce stress levels!


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Nautana Co. – @nautana.co

Nautana Co.’s extensive collection of candles will be your new unwinding buddy, because there’s really just something so satisfying about watching a candle melt. They come in scents like Sweet Almond Bamboo & Teak and Mango Lemongrass Bergamot. Honestly, just reading those names already makes us feel 30% less stressed. These eco-conscious coco-soy candles are a must-have addition to your home. 

Show Your Support for Black-Owned Businesses

We’re all for someone who’s breaking down barriers that should never even have existed in the first place. By following culturally diverse companies, we’re speeding up the process of creating an inclusive business industry. No matter how big a company is, when you support a skilled company, you’re supporting a dream—and these Black-owned businesses and business owners are proving just that. 

Did we miss your favourite Black-owned business? Let us know in the comments!


  • Kaela Johnson is an Account Coordinator at TIA focusing on influencer marketing programs with North American lifestyle brands. Outside of the WFH office, she considers herself to be a pop-culture enthusiast and meme master.

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  • Kaela Johnson is an Account Coordinator at TIA focusing on influencer marketing programs with North American lifestyle brands. Outside of the WFH office, she considers herself to be a pop-culture enthusiast and meme master.

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