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Black-Owned Businesses to Support During (And After) Black History Month

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As part of BVA’s agency Diversity and Inclusion plan, we have partnered with Start Small Think Big to help support Black-owned small businesses.

Black History Month marks February as an annual, national celebration of the central role African Americans have played in United States History. Throughout the rest of the month, BVA will be highlighting some of the incredible Black-Owned businesses and entrepreneurs that we can support as consumers.

In this article, BVA would like to call special attention to some really awesome small companies that deserve recognition and your business. With Valentine’s Day also right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to indulge in some of these products and services for yourself or a loved one!

Below, you will find a range of small Black-Owned businesses offering baked goods, skincare, flowers, and even fitness classes. What are you waiting for? Treat someone special (and yourself!)!

Black Owned Businesses to Support

1. A CAKE BAKED IN BROOKLYN

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 “A Cake Baked In Brooklyn is an award-winning boutique dessert catering company that creates stylish, personalized, and delicious desserts for all of your events. Using the time-tested family-recipes I learned as a child and all natural ingredients, I make cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake pops to order. Depending on the season or the theme of your event, I can create anything you and I can dream up together from Character Cakes to Dessert Tables!”

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2. BROOKLYN BLOOMS

“At Brooklyn Blooms Floral Boutique, there’s nothing we love more than designing gorgeous and high-quality flower arrangements. Our team of expert and dedicated florists can put together almost any aesthetic that you desire. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a baby shower, a corporate event, or any other special occasion, we guarantee that we’ll design the arrangement that will fit your decor.”

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3. DE L’OR CAKERY

“De L’or Cakery is a 5 Star Artisan Cake Catering Company located in City Island, NY. Our mission is to build a more connected and confident community by cultivating young minds interested in the field of sugar artistry. De L’or Cakery is a 5 Star Artisan Cake Catering Company located in City Island, NY. Our mission is to build a more connected and confident community by cultivating young minds interested in the field of sugar artistry.”

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4. GRILLZANDGRANOLA

“GrillzandGranola is an NYC-based fitness company that curates and creates innovative fitness experiences for women of color, starting with our signature class, TrapAerobics™. Our fitness experiences are built on community, inclusivity, and great music.”

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5. HARLEM CYCLE

“Harlem’s first and only boutique indoor cycling studio offering affordable, nonjudgmental and unique fitness experiences. At Harlem Cycle we believe in a total body workout. Check out our unique combination classes that not only include the intensity of cycling but the power of strength and core training.”

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6. RI’SHEA

“Plant based handmade skin care company based in Queens, NY. Our products are created to heal, moisturize, and maintain healthy skin by using natural plant based ingredients void of harmful preservatives. Created in small batches for best quality.”

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7. SEUL LUXE

“Seul Luxe is a small boutique company that is committed to providing high quality, safe and luxurious skin care products for everyone. Seul Luxe has developed an array of naturally luxurious skin care products, affording you the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle that you desire, while never compromising your health or the ability to look and feel fantastic! This is why we go over and beyond to avoid having Parabens, Formaldehyde, Sulfates or Phthalate in our products. All of our products are made by hand and created in small batches to ensure the integrity of our products.”

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8. SWEET DAMES

“Sweet Dames Artisan Confections™ offers a variety of gourmet Coconut Macaroons and CocoMallow Sandwiches. Influenced by Caribbean flavors, our Coconut Macaroons and CocoMallow Sandwich are a specialty food product of premium quality, a unique blend of innovative flavor combinations, vibrant with the finest ingredients that are gluten free. We consider our cookies to be an Inspired Indulgence for dessert lovers with a desire and appreciation for an extraordinary food experience.”

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9. UREMBO ASILI

It is no secret that African women derive their radiantly-flawless skin from ancient beauty rituals & secrets that have been passed down through generations for thousands of years. They developed beauty treatments from natural ingredients that kept their skin smooth, supple, hydrated & protected from the harsh African climate. At Urembo Asili, we tap into the very essence of those deep-rooted African rituals, to create luxurious skin care products using a thoughtful blend of modern science & Africa’s most powerful, unique ingredients. Urembo Asili’s powerful, plant-based formulations are thoughtfully curated for savvy, bodacious and urban-minded women who seek a clean, green & simple skincare experience.

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Conclusion

As an eCommerce agency serving direct-to-consumer brands of all lifecycle stages, BVA is super excited to work with Start Small Think Big and their clients in order to support their marketing efforts and online businesses.

Limiting our support of the Black business community should not be a one-time thing; we’re going to continue this important work into the future.

Wanna chat? Feel free to reach out to us here!

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Megan Holett
Megan Holett is the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at BVA. Her role involves bridging the gap between sales processes and agency marketing through content creation and other initiatives.

Special thanks to our friends at BVAccel for their insights on this topic.

About the author

Steve Hutt

Steve has entrepreneurship in his DNA, starting in the early days of online commerce when he achieved Power Seller status through his eBay store. This propelled him to become a co-founder of VisionPros.com, a contact lens and eyewear retailer. With a successful exit from his startup, he embarked on his next journey into agency work in e-commerce and digital strategy.

Currently, Steve is a Senior Merchant Success Manager at Shopify Plus, where he helps identify, navigate, and accelerate growth in the complex world of commerce.

To maintain his competitive edge, Steve also hosts the eCommerce Fastlane Podcast and Shopify Founder Stories, a top-rated twice-weekly podcast where he interviews Shopify Partners and subject matter experts who share the latest marketing strategy, tactics, platforms, and must-have apps, to help Shopify brands improve efficiencies, grow revenue, profit, and lifetime customer loyalty.

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