International Women's Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women. One major point is in part due to the fact that the US has 12.3 million women-owned businesses! This comes as no surprise as many local and government agencies have reported the below statistics:
- US women-owned businesses generate $1.8 trillion a year.
- 40% of US businesses are women-owned.
- 64% of new women-owned businesses were started by women of color last year.
- California has 1.3 million women-owned firms, the highest in the country.
- Louisiana has the highest percentage growth of women-owned businesses at 46.9%.
From birthing life, to taking a leap of faith and starting a new business, we wanted to highlight a few women in our community that you can support online!
Oakland Pole and Dance Studio : A femme empowered pole and aerial dance fitness studio founded by Amy Bond. Their community manifesto is built on uplifting each other with encouragement and unconditional support. With three locations in the Bay Area, this dance studio offers classes you can take from the comfort of your home.
Inner Athlete: With a motto, “If you want to look like an athlete, you have to train like an athlete” is one of the reasons their clients sign up. This is a no-nonsense athletic training business. The founder Alondra Chatman, can be seen on social media providing tips on workouts you can do every day. They also offer virtual programs with a blend of healthy eating options and strategies for healthier living.
Realize You Can : Founded by Ainka J. Fulani, her business provides “Mindful Movement” classes and provide coaching, training, and facilitation services to individuals and organizations around a wide variety of topics geared towards mindful healing. One of our favs were the yoga sessions that focus more on your inner peace rather than the pose. Definitely a top-notch experience.
SELFCARE/ SKIN CARE
Scent and Fire: Scent & Fire Candle Company is a fine home fragrance brand that manufactures all-natural candles, wax melts, loose leaf teas, and organic room sprays using raw and recycled materials for environmental sustainability. Founded by Monisha Edwards, who discovered aromatherapy and burned candles helped calm her environment as well as keeping her anxiety attacks at bay. They aim to promote and educate about wellness and sustainability practices through their mental health initiative, SELFish + Well™
Mary Zeal: A community for WOC who love cannabis and want to learn about how they can use self-care to build a life that they love. Founded by Stacy Reed who hosts “High on Self Care”, a weekly cannabis and self-care podcast that explores meditation, yoga, mindfulness, habits and all things cannabis.
Urembo Asili : The name of the brand is Kiswahili for Natural Beauty! It is a luxury African-inspired skincare that harnesses a bespoke blend of science & Africa's most potent ingredients to create plant-based products for your daily use. Founder, Evie Dondi is continuously evolving and looking to nature & her roots as inspiration to continue crafting effective natural products that inspire women to take control of their skincare.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Ole Orleans : Ole’ Orleans Wines is a tribute to New Orleans and its historic legacy. Richly flavored, New Orleans's very own handcrafted wines are created in Louisiana. Founded by Kim Lewis, this beverage company offers wide variety of signature products catering to all budgets and is the perfect option for an event or a quiet evening at home. As always, drink responsibly.
Buttery Spell: This Louisiana based company is a whole natural food vibe! They work with local family-owned farms and food co-ops to bring quality products from Magnolia Butter to White Butterscotch chocolate peanuts directly to you, guaranteeing the freshest tastes of home!
Bundt’s and Crumpets Tea : If you are a tea fan like us, then you will love this family owned and operated mobile loose leaf tea boutique, specializing in premium loose-leaf tea and tea ware. Talk about “Zen” in a cup, this California based tea company has one the best assortment of quality tea.
Taylor Jay: This Oakland, CA namesake brand designs beautiful sustainable clothing that lasts a lifetime and makes every woman feel and look amazing. Focused on elevated comfort, this brand is highly sought after by professional women looking for their “go-to” piece. Not to mention all of their products are designed and manufactured in the city of Oakland.
Love Iguehi: This “Made-in America” brand uses bold African Ankara prints to focuses on custom designs and limited-edition collections to compliment and accentuate the body. Founded by Iguehi James, this Oakland, CA based company is all about ensuring you love the way you look and feel!
Candid Art: Founded by Candice Cox, Candid Art is a home décor and kids lifestyle brand influenced by the modern African Diaspora and cosmic geometry. The brand promotes self-expression, individuality, and sustainability through their custom abstract designs and ethically sourced materials. If you are looking to support a company that creates original textile art, then Candid Art is for you!
Tre Mercedes : Tre Mercedes offers some of the most unique and fly eye wear! The company offers wearable Afro-Diaspora Art! If you don’t believe us, just check out some of their accessories on Instagram. You can thank us later.
UnoEth: UnoEth, meaning 'one Ethiopia', is a father-daughter brand that reaches back to their roots and partners with artisans in Addis Ababa to craft handmade, leather handbags, totes, backpacks, duffels and accessories. Their quality bags have been worn by many celebrities as well as being featured in Issa Rae’s HBO show, Insecure.
Scotch bonnet: Talk about wearing “haute” accessories. Named after the distinctively potent Caribbean pepper, Scotch bonnet! accessories are known for vibrant hues, bold shapes and eye-catching patterns. The brand’s founder, Tracey-Renee Hubbard, is equally influenced by the flashiness of 90’s hip hop culture and the understated simplicity of modern luxury labels. She also has a special place in her heart for Caribbean culture and a deep respect for artisan crafts, particularly those created throughout the African Diaspora. Scotch bonnet! accessories are infused with all these elements to spice up any outfit with a potent pop of color.
These are just a few of the millions of business women in the U.S.! Feel free to share this article with your network. Also, please comment below with details of more phenomenal business women we can support online!