Natural hair care is seeing an explosion in the beauty industry. As more
and more Black women start wearing their hair naturally, there is an
increased need for products to care for their chemical-free tresses.
This is where Mahisha Dellinger and her CURLS hair care come in.
Launched in 2002, CURLS offers organic hair care products for women and
girls with natural waves, curls and kinks.
A hair disaster led Lana Boone to start her own hair products business.
She launched Kurly Klips, curly textured clip-in hair extensions, to
further empower women in their personal hair care journeys. An instant hit, the company sold to more than 2,000 customers from 30 countires within the first 13 months.
There are very few minority owned furniture design studios in the
country and one of them is Ali Sandifer Studio in Detroit, founded by
husband-and-wife team Andre Sandifer and Abir Ali. They craft a unique
brand of modern furniture using domestic woods harvested from
Maya Penn is one cool young woman! The idea behind her company is
utterly unique. The 13-year-old artist, animator, designer,
philanthropist, environmentalist, and girls rights activist is CEO of
Maya’s Ideas. She creates handmade eco-friendly accessories and clothing
with 10-20 percent of her profits going to local and global charities
and environmental organizations.
When Yve-Car Momperousse and Stéphane Jean-Baptiste met through mutual
friends at the National Haitian Student Alliance Convention, their
friendship blossomed into a romantic, business relationship over a
mutual passion – Haiti. Dedicated to giving back to the Haitian community through social change,
a hair catastrophe that Momperousse experienced in '08 is what
unknowingly helped catapult her efforts in not only bringing social
change, but also economic growth, to Haiti.
After working in the corporate human resources
environment for more than 15 years for three top Fortune 500 companies
in their industries (Aerospace, Financial and Chemical respectively),
Myra Dorsey knew it was time to launch her own business, one through which she
could add something of value to others. So in 2011, in Carroll County, Maryland, she launched La Bodi Massage Inc.
Artie Thompson has worn a number of hats in his chosen careers
throughout the years, but the one that stuck and has brought him the
most success as an entrepreneur is his event planning business- Artie’s
Events. By establishing a reputation for exceptional service, Thompson
has built and cultivated a business that has even earned him the
patronage of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.