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Black Business Boxes is your one-stop shop for everything Black-owned. We aim to make supporting Black-owned businesses seamless and second-nature.
Our goal: To build a Black-owned marketplace that makes it easier for dollars to circulate within our community, and to create opportunities for large corporations and institutions to support Black-entreprenuers, by purchasing Black Business Boxes. Click here to listen to our story.
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PO’ UP Cards — Lizz Rene
Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
Lizz Rene (she/her) has dedicated her work full-time to dismantling oppressive systems and amplifying the stories of the Black Community. As a Black woman entrepreneur, founder and CEO of PO' UP! Cards, Lizz is a firm believer in joy as a form of resistance and liberation. That’s why she created PO' UP! Cards as an opportunity to celebrate Black joy in the form of the first Black collegiate drinking game. Or, as the business motto says, “PO’ UP to Black Excellence!”
Wells Made Co. -- Andrea Wells
Hometown: Trenton, New Jersey
"Our butters originated because a little girl named 'Koa' had many allergens such as soy, nuts and milk. Koa's mother asked me to make some meals for her and that's when I heard about sunflower seed butter. We researched many nut-free seeds and decided to create simple recipes.
Happiness in a jar goes a long way."
BLAK Watches -- Shanon Buari
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
"Born during a pandemic, BLAK Watches started as an idea that quickly became a reality. A watch is an accessory that has been around for years, and with the advent of technology, it is somewhat becoming a forgotten one. We believe that there is still a market that thrives on wearing a quality timepiece. At BLAK, we strive to ensure that every timepiece created is one of a kind. Our goal is to create a watch for our customers that will last forever, while still being affordable."
UBeauty Essentials -- Kyra Tucker
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
"Ever since my younger days I have struggled with sensitive skin and eczema. As a young girl my mother could never use the smell good lotions, perfume fragrance, and other good smelling fragrances. I could never experience the great luxury of spraying perfume along my clothes due to my skin reacting. Now that I have found a wonderful manufacturer that has created vegan and organic products, I can be more confident in the skin that I am in."
Focused On Forever Eyewear -- Brandy Ashford
Hometown: Lexington, KY
"Focused on Forever was inspired by a young life spent with family on Stony Point Farm, our grandfathers love for training and grooming racehorses and one of the biggest traditions in the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby. Horses in the Derby wear blinders that keep them focused from distractions during the race. Watching them resonated with me during my personal journey to have my own form of blinders that would keep me focused on my own path. This line is designed to symbolize those same blinders that serve to keep us focused on our path to our forever!"
Corey's Kitchen Collection -- Jecorey Maxberry
Hometown: Lexington, KY
"Our products contain fresh herbs and spices that are globally sourced from over 15 countries. Some of our globally sourced ingredients include Chimayo Chili (Chimayo, Mexico) , Guajillo Chili (Zacatecas,Mexico), Lakadong Turmeric (Meghalaya, India), Smoked Spanish Paprika (Spain) and Tellicherry Peppercorn which is grown in southwest India along the Malabar Coast in Kerala. As we continue pushing the boundaries our goal is to always elevate the cooking experience. In every bottle quality, freshness and flavor is priority so no matter the occasion we have you covered. Grab a bottle and start cooking!"
Melanin Minerals -- Johannah Hamilton
Hometown: Louisville, KY
"I knew I wanted to have my own business in the cannabis field for a good four or five years prior to actually launching, I just didn’t know exactly how I could break into the market. After moving to Oregon I was amazed at how behind Kentucky and Alabama were in the CBD (cannabidiol) industry, especially because hemp has been such a huge cash crop for Kentucky for decades. But it really afforded me a chance to see how I could combine two things I loved, bath/body care and cannabis (hemp), to create something that was essential for people and to enter a market that has disproportionately had a negative impact on black communities. "
DMT Creates -- Daimont Boyington
Hometown: Louisville, KY
"I Created DMT Creates because growing up watching cartoons and consuming media, I would often feel a sense of disconnection-- It was then I decided to create entertainment that represents all facets of life ranging from race, gender, and disability. Equal representation in art is more important now than ever because it directly affects those who come across it and influences the next generation of great ideas."
LVK Paper Dolls – Nova Edwards
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
A self-taught artist, I began making paper dolls at an early age. I create historical paper dolls as a tribute to notable figures in history, as well as original and personalized portrait paper dolls. The historical paper dolls are educational, havehistorically accurate clothes, brief biographies, an attached stand, and an envelope to store the paper dolls and their clothes.
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