22 Howard University Alumni Owned Businesses


Howard University has produced some of the best and brightest minds in the world. Some well known Howard University alumni are Debbie Allen, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Taraji P. Henson. However, there are other talented Howard University Alumni that are entrepreneurs excelling in their respective fields. Here are just a few:

Howard University Alumni Owned Businesses

The Spice Suite (Washington, D.C.) is an interactive spice bar which features house made infused cooking oils and spice blends.  Founder: Angel Anderson


Volt Energy (Washington, D.C.) is one of the largest minority owned solar energy development firms that builds, operates, and maintains state-of-the-art solar energy systems for commercial, industrial, government, and educational institutions. Founders: Gilbert G Campbell III and Antonio Francis


The Envision Firm (Virginia) is a luxury lifestyle management & event planning company.  Founder: Raven White


Greenlight Design Studios is a full service Design company with over 15 years of experience. They provide Graphic and Web Design services, as well as Brand Identity packages. Founder: Jamal “Hug” Pope.


William + James (Philadelphia) is a bespoke bowtie company focusing on custom, handmade bow ties.  The line represents a marriage between the charming aesthetics and revolutionary philosophies of William Edward Burghardt, James Baldwin and more. Founder: (ShoppeBlack co-founder) Shantrelle P. Lewis


Smith Public Trust (Washington D.C.) is a rustic-modern tavern and progressive space that offers food, craft beer, spirits & wine.  Founder: Miles Gray


Integrated Design & Construction (Connecticut) is a full service architecture, construction management administration and sustainable design firm, which specializes in high performance buildings.  Founder: Thaddeus Stewart

Howard University Alumni

Urban Co-Lab (Austin) is an urban innovation focused co-working space and startup incubator. Founder: Natalie Cofield

Howard University Alumni

Justice of the Pies (Chicago) is a bakery that specializes in sweet and savory pies. The bakery’s mission is to implement job training and skill development for those who have faced significant difficulties and barriers in gaining employment. Founder: Maya-Camille Broussard


Jin-Ja (Philadelphia) is a combination of ingredients gathered from a number of international cultures including Asian, African and South American put together in a novel way to produce a unique blend that is both pleasing to the palette and provocative to the senses. Founder: Reuben Canada

Howard University Alumni

Cordially Invited – Party Paper Wrap (Los Angeles) is a an award winning boutique store that offers customers a one-stop shopping experience for stylish and elegant gifts, stationery, greeting cards, wrapping papers, and more! Founder: Yvette McNally



HillPoint Preparatory School (New Jersey)is a daycare and pre school that uses intentional, structured play to encourage critical thinking, independence and respect for cultural and social diversity. Founder: Jennifer Henry


The Flower Guy Bron (Virginia) provides bespoke design and styling experiences for events of all types in the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, and Northern Virginia areas. Founder: Bron Hansboro


Lisnr (Cincinnati)is a high frequency, inaudible technology; a new communication protocol that sends data over audio. It is a digital sound file that turns any speaker or piece of media into a beacon, working seamlessly across physical and digital spaces more effectively than all current solutions in the marketplace, most notably Bluetooth and traditional ACR. Founder: Rodney Williams


Victor Group (Los Angeles) is a multi-service branding agency that makes people and their brands fascinating. They help clients build their branding campaign from the ground up. They offer services ranging from designing logo’s to pitching to major opportunities. Founder: Victoria Reese 

Howard University Alumni

Tracy Chambers Vintage (New York) carries carefully curated vintage and contemporary clothing for today’s woman. Classic. Timeless. Style. Inspiration. Founder: Helen Nurse


Nelson Publishing & Marketing (Michigan) is a full-service press that publishes books with strong positive messages. They have printed 74 books which are distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and on the web. Founder: Lori Nelson Lee


ACE Media Corp (New York) is a Broadcast Media Sales, Branding & Entertainment firm. The company provides marketing for clients, from grass roots to high tech campaigns. They have recently, adding talent acquisition to their offering. Founder: Andrea Holmes Thompkins

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 12.29.06 AM

Ndemay Graphics (Washington D.C.) was created by Cheriss May. She has worked for The Washington Post and was the Assistant Managing Editor of Photo/Graphics for the European & Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper. Her services include photography, graphic design and web design.



Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson


  1. Awesome article! Love seeing fellow bison highlighted! If people would like to see and buy from more Howard businesses, were actually having our annual Howard’s Very Own entrepreneurship fair next week on April 19th from 4-7:30 on campus!! We also have a newsletter that features them monthly with over 200 current student and alumni businesses in our network. Check out HowardsVeryOwn.com or follow us on social media!

  2. You did not include bespoke designer, Eula K. Taylor. She is a Howard University millennial graduate, and plus-size designer who premiered her latest collection at Impact Fashion Week. #PlusIsEqual
    Check out her collection at twelve26.com, and look out for a fabric scrap upcycled accessories partnership for sale.

  3. I see you, Tony. I see you. Great list! Please keep it coming. Love the execution. Holler at me. Take care.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Latest from All Posts