Help Support Those Currently Making A Difference In Their Communities
Protests have been raging all over the country as civil unrest has caused countless numbers of people to leave their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to end police brutality and get justice for the murder of George Floyd. If you’d like to find out how you can support the fight against racial injustice check out this list of resources here. On top of supporting the movement, you can also make a difference by helping to support black-owned businesses that are working on making a change in their communities.
We’ve compiled a list of black women-owned businesses that are working to get more women and girls involved in STEM/STEAM. In addition to this, they are also helping their communities by offering financial literacy counseling, promoting other black entrepreneurs, and providing educational resources. Even if you’re unable to get out to support the Black Lives Matter movement (the pandemic is still on the rise in the US, claiming over 100,000 lives so far) you can still show support by helping to promote and support black-owned businesses.
Don’t wait, start today! Thank you for taking the time to support these businesses!
STEM/STEAM Black Woman-Owned Businesses/Organizations
1. Lauren Washington: CO-Founder of Black Women Talk Tech
Description: Created in 2017 by Lauren Washington, Esosa Ighodaro, and Regina Gwynn, Black Women Talk Tech is an annual 3-day conference that connects black women entrepreneurs to other like-minded founders. These women share their experiences and the challenges that come with creating a business. Sharing advice and supporting one another to inspire the next women to create a billion-dollar business.
2. Ugwem Eneyo: CO-Founder & CEO of Shyft Power Solutions
Description: Shyft Power Solutions (formerly known as Solstice Energy Solutions) is a company that was created out of Stamford. They strive to change how we use energy, transforming it to a more clean and reliable integration of solar and storage systems. They do this by finding cost-effective clean energy sources through software, data-driven approaches and internet-of-things (IoT).
3. Kimberly Bryant: Founder of Black Girls Code
Description: Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code in 2011, with the ambitious goal of teaching coding skills to 1 million black girls by 2040. Bryant’s main goal is to provide young and pre-teen girls of color the opportunity to learn technology and computer programming at an early age, hopefully inspiring them to continue with a career in the future.
4. Kenisha C. Dennis: Founder & CEO of Black Girls Can
Description: Black Girls Can Inc. is a nonprofit organization that aims to get the next generation of black girls and women into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, Mathematics), entrepreneurship, and getting them involved in civic engagement.
5. Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.: Founder, Executive Producer & Host of #VanguardSTEM
Description: #VanguardSTEM is an online monthly web-series hosted by Dr. Jedidah Isler and has a rotating panel of women of color in STEM discussing a variety of topics. The purpose of this series is to provide a space where conversations between up-in-coming and established women of color in STEM can support and discuss interesting topics in a safe space.
Black Woman-Owned Businesses
6. Dana Chanel: Jumping Jack Taxes
Description: Jumping Jack Taxes was created by Dana Chanel and her husband, Prince Donnell in an attempt to help people from communities like which they come from, create generational wealth and provide access to convenient financial literacy. The app allows you to locate one of their partner tax professionals in your area to assist you with your taxes and other financial services. Overall in an attempt to help educate and improve your financial health!
Download the app today!
7. Domonique Price: Savvy Esq
Description: Domonique Price is an attorney who specializes in helping business owners set proper legal foundations for their business. She helps give legal advice to athletes, brands, influencers, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to protect themselves. Handling a multitude of different legal obligations for your business like, general counseling services, contract drafting, and litigation, trademarking, copywriting, marketing, etc.
8. Danielle Deavens: Bold XChange
Description: Danielle Deavens and her Co-Founder Doug unveiled the Bold XChange retail shop in early 2020 after starting a blog together in 2016. Their intention for their online retail shop was to “make buying black online practical, streamlined, and enjoyable. They feature a wide variety of products created by black entrepreneurs for men’s self-care, women’s self-care, style, and products for your home. Check out their site for a perfectly crafted buy-black experience.
9. Jazzi McGilbert: Reparations Club
Description: Reparations Club is an e-commerce platform that Jazzi McGilbert envisioned to help provide an accessible place to buy black-owned and made products. The platform sells books that are written by black authors and tells black stories that may be hard to come by. There is also a custom apparel section on the site. Check out the Reparations Club to sign up and become a part of their Noname’s Book Club. This raises funds to send monthly book picks to various prisons throughout the country!
10. Gaynete Jones: G.A.M.E Changing Industries
Description: G.A.M.E Changing Industries was created by Gaynete Jones with the intent to assist young women with turning their passion projects into a profit! She does this through a variety of resources including information given through her podcast, newsletter membership, and training. Become one of the “thousands of ambitious millennial women around the globe” that Gaynete creates a fulfilling experience for.