7 Young African American Entrepreneurs to Support This Year

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Entrepreneurship has no limit regarding gender, age, or race. Here, we’ll look at seven young African-Americans who are doing exceptionally well in the entrepreneurship world. You’ll want to read with your kids if you would like to encourage them to be entrepreneurs.

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1. Moziah Bridges – Founder of Mo’s Bows, a Bow Tie Company

At 20, Moziah Bridges already had a portfolio that many would envy. After trading bow ties for rocks on the playground, Bridges launched his fashion brand Mo’s Bows at nine. His supportive family and strong fashion sense led him to launch the brand and sell his bow ties online. 

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2. Mikaila Ulmer – Founder of Me & the Bees Lemonade, a Natural Beverage Company

Teen social entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer founded Me & The Bees Lemonade in 2009.  As she sold her lemonade at local community events and farmers’ markets, Me & The Bees Lemonade grew in popularity. 

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3. Asia Newson – Founder of Super Business Girl, a Company That Sells Candles and Motivational Products

She was motivated to change her community positively, so Asia Newson founded Super Business Girl. Asia’s entrepreneurial journey began when she was five, selling candles alongside her father at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

The success of Super Business Girl allowed Asia to expand her product range to include other motivational items, including:

  • Journals
  • T-shirts
  • Accessories

4. Gabrielle Goodwin – Co-founder of Gabby Bows, a Hair Accessory Company

Frustrated with constantly losing and misplacing her hair bows, Gabrielle Goodwin devised a unique solution. She and her mom, Rozalynn, worked together to create GaBBY Bows, innovative double-faced, double-snap barrettes designed to stay in place all day. 

What started as a solution for Gabrielle’s personal hair care struggles quickly gained attention and demand from other parents and individuals facing similar challenges. With her mother’s support, Gabrielle launched GaBBY Bows. 

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5. Maya Penn – Founder of Maya’s Ideas, a Sustainable Fashion and Accessories Brand

The founder of Maya’s Idea, Maya Penn, is a multi-talented young entrepreneur. Maya’s love for fashion and deep concern for the environment led her to launch Maya’s, a brand that merges her creative talents with her commitment to sustainability. 

Maya’s Ideas offers many eco-friendly and ethically made products, including clothing, accessories, and home goods. Each item is meticulously crafted with sustainable materials and follows fair trade practices. Maya’s entrepreneurial achievements have garnered significant recognition. 

6. Cory Nieves – Founder of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, a Cookie Company

A motivated young entrepreneur, Cory Nieves is the founder of Mr Cory’s Cookies, a thriving cookie company that has captured the taste buds of cookie enthusiasts. Cory Nieves started his entrepreneurial journey when he was just six. 

His love for his mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe drove him to sell cookies in his neighborhood. He began with a simple red wagon that served as his mobile shop. However, the quality of his cookies and his charismatic personality and entrepreneurial spirit quickly made him popular. 

7. Marley Dias – Founder of #1000BLACKGIRLBOOKS, a Movement Promoting Diverse Literature

The 18-year-old activist and founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks is among the many young African Americans striving to improve the world. The lack of books that featured characters that reflected her own experience as a young black girl inspired by her to start #1000BlackGirlBooks. She aimed to collect and donate 1,000 books featuring black girl protagonists. 

These seven young African-American entrepreneurs are examples of ambition and innovation. When we support their businesses, we contribute to a more inclusive business world.

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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