As we celebrate Women’s History Month during an unprecedented year, it is important we take the time to acknowledge the vast effort that women of color owned businesses have made during these times. While this month is well intended to honor the legacy, strides and accomplishments women have met through various moments in history, it is also a pivotal month to celebrate and continue to support women of color entrepreneurs. Women’s economic agency has looked different over the past decades, and it is important we ardently uplift our community entrepreneurs to pursue the work they are doing. There are 12.9 million women-owned small businesses nationwide. What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to bolster women of color endeavors to be at the forefront of business ownership. Here are four businesses you can actively support during Women’s History Month:
Passport Polish is a New Orleans based & Latina owned business founded and operated by cosmetic chemist Mari Brisco. Brisco’s travel-themed vibrant shades are one of a kind and inspired by different elements from countries, cuisines, cultures, and experiences. Their polish is also vegan, cruelty free and ten free.
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Sukies Candles CO
Sukies Candle Co, created by founder Sukie Jeffereson, takes pride in sourcing rare and memorable scents. They feature mindfully sourced, toxin free, soy candles with over 40 hours of burn life. They also use zinc and lead free cotton wicks, and every candle is petroleum-free and individually hand poured in reusable glass containers. They have been featured on Vogue’s Most Wanted List.
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Make Collectives is a vintage clothing store that is known for also selling vinyl records, plants, crystals and different items for purposeful living. Inspired by her love for Long Beach, Make Collective began by Kathleen Penaloza Engel, who opened her first store in Downtown long Beach with her sister and husband in 2012. She joined efforts with different Etsy small businesses and pop-up shops across LA and today she has a thriving business in the LA Art District.
Photo from Instagram: @makecollectives
Orenda Tribe Studio
Orenda Tribe Studio is a small batch, upcycled ancestral and vintage apparel company. Started by entrepreneur and founder Amy Yeung, this venture is a way for her to connect with her heritage and also uplift her community. As a Navajo woman, Amy hopes to help indigenous artists and makers find opportunities to create with consciousness at Orenda Tribe. Orenda Tribe Studio makes clothing that is handmade, restored and repurposed.
Photo from Vogue magazine, by Pierre Manning