22 Black-Owned Online Businesses To Support

At Starter Story, we support #BlackLivesMatter.

Here are some of the amazing black-owned businesses and founders we've been lucky to showcase over the years:

1. No Idea Films, LLC ($5K/month)

Latham Ford started No Idea Films, LLC, which sells film, tv & media production.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

Hello! I’m Latham Ford and I started a Film, TV & Media Production Company in 2016. I built the company on intellectual property: scripts, ideas, and pitches. Whether they are ideas or scripts that I created and wrote or collaboration. Underneath that is the actual content creation and production. I have produced and written a few short films and pitch ideas. In 2018, I won the best film, $10,000 for a short film I wrote called Daddy’s Big Girl, at the Gentlemens Jack Daniels & Code Black Lionsgate Film Contest, held in Miami, FL.

Since then, life has been moving fast. I’ve been pitching my scripts to studios, sold a few ideas to production companies and produced some really cool digital content for brands. Then I acquired some amazing partners which propelled us to the next level. Check out our production reel.

On Set BTS for Film: “Don’t Try This Alone”

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Latham Ford, on starting No Idea Films, LLC ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

2. Balloon Haus LLC ($20K/month)

Janeen Brown started Balloon Haus LLC, which sells balloon decorations .

  • Revenue: $20,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16

I’m Janeen Brown! Founder and CEO of Balloon Haus LLC. In February 2018, I started Balloon Haus - the first opulent online and in-store Balloon boutique - where lifestyle and decor enter a "luxury" level of design. Our team consists of dedicated and loyal employees in Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit and South Florida destined to create iconic balloon memories to last a lifetime.

With the launch of Balloon Haus in 2018, the demand has exceeded all expectations with our corporate or personal clients. The Balloon Haus team is at the forefront of creating custom exquisite and trendy balloon installations and decorations. At Balloon Haus, we ensure passion and commitment in all that we do. Balloon decorators have been around for ages, however, the industry has taken quite the peak within the last couple of years due to social media and the picture-perfect moments. Thankfully, this has assisted in the quick growth of the company.

Our notable clients include players from the Miami Heat and Dolphins (due to NDAs, cannot state names), Instagram, Levi’s, Marriott, Hilton, Ruth Chris, American Express, BMW, and many more. Our average sales generate about $20K/monthly.

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Janeen Brown, on starting Balloon Haus LLC ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

3. Brainverse Technologies Ltd ($4.5K/month)

Brian Nyagol started Brainverse Technologies Ltd, which sells digital & software services.

  • Revenue: $4,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

Hello, my name is Brian Nyagol. Thank you for stopping by to read my story. I’m the founder and CEO of Brainverse Technologies, a software and branding company based in Kenya, Africa, and focusing on helping small and medium-sized enterprises digitize their business, digitalize their processes and build effective digital footprints. We believe a strong brand is one that exudes irresistible attraction that sticks in the minds of people, in whichever form they get in touch with it. That is our definition of a perfect brand.

We are keen on our customer satisfaction journey, an in-house methodology that has made most if not all of our projects a success. We work with companies to determine their software and digital needs and help them curate a digital strategy that fits seamlessly into their business model. The goal of this interaction is to ideate and build software and systems that work for our clients and design creative and powerful branding that communicates their commitment to what they do. The last streak of this relationship is to craft and implement an irresistible digital go to market strategy that helps to push the brand - through social media branding, website design, and digital business positioning.

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Brian Nyagol, on starting Brainverse Technologies Ltd ($4,500 revenue/mo) full story

4. Dream Fitness Client Academy ($13K/month)

Isaiah Grant started Dream Fitness Client Academy, which sells marketing consulting.

  • Revenue: $13,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

Hello, my fellow entrepreneurs! My name is Isaiah Grant and I’m the founder of Dream Fitness Client Academy. We’re a consulting & marketing firm based in Manchester, CT. I launched the company when I was 20 years old and working on my undergraduate degree.

The Dream Fitness Client Academy is a company dedicated to unlocking rapid growth for fitness-businesses. We do this through consulting, training and marketing services. Our mission is to help 10,000 fitness professionals predictably grow their revenue to 30K+ per month, without needing a big social media following or sales experience.

When we first started our approach was broad, and we generated a positive ROI for companies across many industries, including local businesses, consulting, health & wellness, financial services, professional coaching, live events, luxury real estate, + more. We realized that true impact and scalability happens when one is truly specialized in solving one massive problem for one audience. Thus, as of two years ago, we have dedicated our time to helping fitness professionals. Fitness, marketing, and sales are our passions and we love seeing our clients be able to leave their 9-5 at a local gym and take their fitness business online, where they sell high ticket services.

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Isaiah Grant, on starting Dream Fitness Client Academy ($13,000 revenue/mo) full story

5. Micro Bikes UK ($8.5K/month)

Stephen Wright started Micro Bikes UK, which sells mini dirt bikes.

  • Revenue: $8,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi, I’m Stephen and I am the founder and owner of Micro Bikes UK, an e-commerce store that specializes in kids quad bikes (4 wheelers) dirt bikes, scooters and ride on toys.

We have a strong online brand already after only 18 months and we rank on the first page for many of our keywords. Our main selling products are Mini Quad bikes and Dirt bikes with petrol engines.

We are on track to hit six figures in revenue for this financial year and we dropship 90% of our products.

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Stephen Wright, on starting Micro Bikes UK ($8,500 revenue/mo) full story

6. HoopMaps ($3K/month)

Dominic Morris started HoopMaps, which sells curated games.

  • Revenue: $3,000/month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

Hello, my name is Dominic and I am the co-founder of HoopMaps.

HoopMaps is a mobile app that allows users to find pickup games in their area. We offer our app for IOS and android play stores. HoopMaps is a platform where users can discover, join and create games.

Our primary focus at this stage is to grow our user base, then we will focus in on revenue, but in the meantime, we’re all about educating users on pickup basketball. With that being said we are a pre-revenue company.

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Dominic Morris, on starting HoopMaps ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

7. Best Deal Car Service ($250K/month)

Albert Williams started Best Deal Car Service, which sells cars.

  • Revenue: $250,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9

My name is Albert Williams. I am the President and CEO of The Best Deal Group of Companies. located in the Boogie Down Bronx. Best Deal is a transportation company, who specializes in local community transportation, Corporate Transportation as well as Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT).

This year we are projecting $3.5 Million in revenue. Not too bad for a “taxi” company in a market that’s dominated by Uber and Lyft. And by the way, we make a profit and our drivers are making more than a living wage.

Below is a picture of our cars gathered to pick up 30+ passengers for one of corporate accounts

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Albert Williams, on starting Best Deal Car Service ($250,000 revenue/mo) full story

8. Common Sense Holdings ($5K/month)

Maanda Mulaudzi started Common Sense Holdings, which sells it & mobile solutions.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hello, my name is Maanda Mulaudzi and I am the founder of Common Sense Holdings. We are a startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa and we have been in business for just over a year.

Common Sense Holdings is a technology solutions provider that specializes in mobile apps, web-based applications, and IT consulting. Our main focus is within the educational, commercial, and helping businesses improve the IT business operations. What makes us unique is the rapid prototyping tools we use in order to have quick turnaround times.

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Maanda Mulaudzi, on starting Common Sense Holdings ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

9. MJ Home and Truck Services ($4K/month)

Matthew Jones started MJ Home and Truck Services, which sells junk removal services.

  • Revenue: $4,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

My name is Matthew Jones. I have a waste management company, MJ Home and Truck Services. We specialize in junk removal and cleaning services. I service residential and commercial clients...most are repeat customers.

I started my business in 2017. Since day one we have been pretty busy and work demand has not slowed down since the day we started. We are based in Atlanta, GA and we service any area within 40 miles of the metro Atlanta district. We cater to public demands and try to do as many jobs that can fit in a day. The only thing that interferes with how much we can acquire in a day is traffic and distance of the jobs so we have a 2-3 hour window in between each job.

We usually complete a minimum of 20 projects a week and the project costs range from $75 and go up depending on the number of items we have to pick up from the customer. We price based on the type of items, weight, quantity, and labor/disposal costs. We provide free estimates and usually only need a description or photo of what a customer has to generate an exact price they will have to pay. There are no hidden costs.

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Matthew Jones, on starting MJ Home and Truck Services ($4,000 revenue/mo) full story

10. Honeydew ($5K/month)

Ivory Mouzon started Honeydew, which sells honeydew melon with a message.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

My name is Ivory Mouzon and I’m the Chief Accountability Officer and Founder of Honeydew Lists.

We physically mail honeydew melons with custom messages on them! Our customers submit messages or lists to send to their “honey” and we write it on a honeydew and ship it!

We are focused on revamping the honey-do list because there is such a stigma surrounding acts of service. A typical honey-do list is a list of chores on a boring piece of paper stuck to the fridge, sent in a text or verbally told to the recipient with little motivation to actually do it.

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Ivory Mouzon, on starting Honeydew ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

11. U-Lace No-Tie Sneaker Laces ($125K/month)

Tim Talley started U-Lace No-Tie Sneaker Laces, which sells hassle free tieless shoelaces.

  • Revenue: $125,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

I’m Tim Talley and I am the founder and CEO of U-Lace No-Tie Sneaker Laces. U-Lace is the originator of the modular No-Tie Sneaker Lace. Our product is a stretchy woven lace segment that is designed to span just a single set of sneaker eyelets at a time. A couple of packs of U-Laces transforms most pairs of lace-up sneakers into slip-on that never need to be tied or untied.

Our consumers are kids and adults; convenience seekers; parents looking for a way to get kids out of the door and on the way to school without lace-tying hassle; frequent fliers and people who lack the ability or dexterity to tie and untie standard shoelaces; and those seeking to add a bit of fashion pop to their sneakers.

Our customers are retailers such as Learning Express, Pigtails, and Crewcuts, Once Upon a Child and Global distributors covering the UK & EU, Israel, Asia, Canada and a few other regions of the world. We sell about $1.5MM worth of U-Lace’s every year. While lots of copy-cats have come into the market we boast the largest color range of about 60 colors which shows our total commitment to this business and product category

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Tim Talley, on starting U-Lace No-Tie Sneaker Laces ($125,000 revenue/mo) full story

12. Rwanda Bean Coffee ($90K/month)

Mike Mwenedata started Rwanda Bean Coffee, which sells local coffee.

  • Revenue: $90,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

My name is Mike Mwenedata. I immigrated to America 6 years ago from Rwanda. I’m the co-founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee Company. We source single origin coffee from Rwanda and roast the beans to perfection here in South Portland, Maine

We package and distribute our coffee to our 3 local retail shops:

  • 185 Cottage Road, South Portland
  • 463 Stevens Avenue, Portland
  • 345 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland

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Mike Mwenedata, on starting Rwanda Bean Coffee ($90,000 revenue/mo) full story

13. The Cause ($8K/month)

Antoine Taylor started The Cause, which sells apparel and printing.

  • Revenue: $8,000/month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

My name is Antoine Taylor and I own an apparel and printing company called The Cause International that donates a percentage of its profits back to those in need.

We also finalized our papers to branch off and have a non-profit - which is now established as of this year, called The Cause International Non-profit. Yes I know it’s a bit confusing at first! We have two separate entities under the same name but hopefully I can explain that later throughout this interview in more detail. But that is the basic summary of what we do as a company!

So this is where it gets confusing. I have my own streetwear brand BUT we also print apparel and create spirit packs for high schools, colleges, and small businesses.

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Antoine Taylor, on starting The Cause ($8,000 revenue/mo) full story

14. Aziza Jewelry ($5K/month)

Aziza Browne started Aziza Jewelry, which sells custom necklaces.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi there! My name is Aziza and I am the founder of Aziza Jewelry. Some of my most well-known pieces include my colorful gemstone hoop earrings and Mother-Daughter Earring Sets. My Mother-Daughter Earring Sets have become quite popular lately as a gift that men have been purchasing for the women in their lives as “Push Presents” (gifts for a new mom just after giving birth).

Originally, I started making the mother-daughter earring sets after a customer requested a matching pair of heart earrings for herself and her mom to go along with their matching tattoos. I absolutely loved that concept and began making them available for sale because I thought the matching mother-daughter earrings were a great way to cement the already special bond between a mother and daughter.

Mother-Daughter Heart Earrings

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Aziza Browne, on starting Aziza Jewelry ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

15. Apps:Lab ($3.7K/month)

Marvin Collins Hosea started Apps:Lab, which sells software development studio.

  • Revenue: $3,700/month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 9

My name is Marvin Hosea, I have been developing software for more than five years now and I am the founder and lead at Apps: Lab KE. We are a team of expert software developers, data analysts, and designers specializing in problem-solving using technology and data for businesses and communities.

We specialize in software development and that is what is generating 85% revenue for the company. The other 15% revenue is generated by in house projects, one of them is our on-demand food delivery mobile application known as LetaFood operating in one city in Kenya at the moment, Eldoret. All revenue from our services and flagship projects generates $3,500 per month.

We are good at what we do and that is software development as stated by our slogan Heart of Tech

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Marvin Collins Hosea, on starting Apps:Lab ($3,700 revenue/mo) full story

16. Entrepreneur Business Blog ($3K/month)

Emenike Emmanuel started Entrepreneur Business Blog, which sells blogging & digital marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $3,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

My parents told me that my name is Emenike Emmanuel. I’m the CEO of Entrepreneur Business Blog. In 2018, I was recognized as one of the top 100 social media marketing influencer to follow in 2019.

Entrepreneur Business Blog is a subsidiary of Ebusinessroom Ventures - a topnotch digital marketing agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. My business blog is focused on creating helpful content that can help people start, grow and manage their business using digital marketing strategies.

While they are a couple of other services I offer through the digital marketing agency of my business like, online business setup for small businesses, Facebook and PPC advertising, business coaching and hosting of seminars, my major way of monetizing this blog include; sales of advertising space, sponsored post, and sales of information product - example, Blogging Business Masterclass.

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Emenike Emmanuel, on starting Entrepreneur Business Blog ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

17. Romance On The Go, Concierge Services ($3.5K/month)

Ta'Veca Collins started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services, which sells romance concierge services.

  • Revenue: $3,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello! I'm Ta'Veca Collins, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (Florida) Owner and operator of Romance On The Go, Concierge Services (ROTGO-Est. 2012), a small business that promotes romance and intimacy.

Two years ago, I recently lifted the suspension of operations and have been promoting business again. I have taken a lot from my marriage (9 years), my parent’s marriage (62 years), and my clinical background as a Clinical Social Worker (I have over 13 years of experience working with families and couples) merged them and created ROTGO.

ROTGO's services include; standard romance concierge services (Romantic Room Designs (AKA Suite Experiences & more) date night planning services, marriage proposal services, membership services, wedding night concierge services (AKA Honeymoon Suite Designs), and wedding vow concierge services.

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Ta'Veca Collins, on starting Romance On The Go, Concierge Services ($3,500 revenue/mo) full story

18. SWAGGER Magazine ($50K/month)

Drew Williams started SWAGGER Magazine, which sells online digital magazine.

  • Revenue: $50,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25

My name is Drew Williams and I run and operate a digital lifestyle magazine for men called SWAGGER Magazine. SWAGGER Magazine is one of the first products created under our parent company, Swagger Publications Inc.

Our product is simple. It is targeted to the affluent males that aspire to have great things in life, and are on the path to building themselves to be powerful and successful people in all aspects of life - no matter what their interests are. We focus on Lifestyle, Fashion, Gear, Food, Dating, and Business and Careers.

The mission statement for Swagger is to take the average man from nothing to something, by featuring successful individuals in every domain and outlining what steps they took to get there and how anyone else can follow in their footsteps.

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Drew Williams, on starting SWAGGER Magazine ($50,000 revenue/mo) full story

19. Kiss My Crown Essentials ($1.2K/month)

Warnisha Foster started Kiss My Crown Essentials, which sells homemade organic soaps.

  • Revenue: $1,200/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name Warnisha Foster I am the CEO of Kiss My Crown Essentials. I founded Kiss My Crown Essentials in March of 2020 and I started offering my products a few at a time to see how they would go over with the public. My first product was Strawberry Rose’ Champagne Soap. The idea for this soap came from looking at my life as a single mom of four I started to feel burned out. I needed something to make me feel feminine, Make me feel like a woman, Grown and sexy. This did the trick.

The first month I introduced my products to the public it took off before my eyes. I sold over 500 of these soaps independently working in my kitchen. It was amazing and rewarding. I began to see that they were other people out there that were feeling just like me.

Our mission here a KMCE is to let mothers like myself know that we are seen, we are beautiful and we are a necessity.

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Warnisha Foster, on starting Kiss My Crown Essentials ($1,200 revenue/mo) full story

20. Lazy Jar ($250/month)

Justin Anyanwu started Lazy Jar, which sells exercise accountability.

  • Revenue: $250/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Justin Anyanwu. I came to the US from Nigeria in 1998. I’m now a citizen, and every day, I thank my mother for bringing me here. I love this country.

I started Innovative Bit (Company name under which Lazy Jar was created) in October of 2016, and our flagship product is Lazy Jar, a fitness app that charges users any week they fail to work out adequately.

It was started in October of 2017 as a proof of concept. We re-launched the app this year in March, today we’re averaging $250 a month from the app.

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Justin Anyanwu, on starting Lazy Jar ($250 revenue/mo) full story

21. The Vibe Room ($0/month)

Natasha Magino started The Vibe Room, which sells publication about creative industries.

  • Revenue: $0/month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hello! We are The Vibe Room, a digital magazine found by Natasha Magino and Isabel Yu. The magazine is currently run by Natasha Magino, Shaakira DeLoatch, and Jasmin Dixon.

The Vibe Room is a DMV based magazine that publishes quarterly. We host an issue release and networking event with every issue. Our vision is to establish The Vibe Room as a network that empowers creatives to pursue their passion and craft right where they are. By bringing the local creative community together, we act as a conduit for connecting and collaborating.

In our first year, The Vibe Room has had 5 successful issues and networking events. We’ve featured over 30 diverse creatives, artists, entrepreneurs and the like. We average 80 attendees at our events and surpassed 1,000 followers on Instagram. Imagine what we will do in year two…

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Natasha Magino, on starting The Vibe Room ($0 revenue/mo) full story

22. Dreams & Details Events, LLC ($0/month)

Sha'Quanna Davis started Dreams & Details Events, LLC, which sells beach weddings and elopements .

  • Revenue: $0/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi guys! My name is Sha’Quanna Davis and I am the founder of Dreams & Details Events. I started the business last year after losing my job.

I had previously owned a small party planning company for over 8 years and after my job loss, I decided to follow my dreams to plan intimate weddings and romantic events. I provide romantic event planning services to customers.

The main services that I sell are intimate beach weddings, vow renewals, elopements, anniversaries, marriage proposals, and date night planning services, room decor set-up, and gift delivery services to customers that are too busy to plan and that would like to keep the romance in their marriages and long term relationships.

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Sha'Quanna Davis, on starting Dreams & Details Events, LLC ($0 revenue/mo) full story
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