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22 Howard University Alumni Owned Businesses

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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. Guests can also create their own custom spices at the “bar”, lounge in the comfortable seating area and enjoy a “spiced” lemonade or tea. The SpiceSuite carries spices and herbs from around the world with an ever changing selection based on the handpicked blends we receive often. 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. Volt Energy offers its clients renewable energy with significant savings through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which requires no upfront costs. Founders: Gilbert G Campbell III and Antonio Francis


The Envision Firm (Virginia) is a luxury lifestyle management & event planning company. Whether your event is an intimate dinner or a grand affair, The Envision Firm has you covered. They plan everything from weddings to corporate events. 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. Graphic Services include logos, flyers, posters, book covers, cd covers, billboards, car/truck wrap designs, product designs, ad campaigns and much more. Founder: Jamal “Hug” Pope.


Partpic (Atlanta) is a visual recognition technology company that allows users to save time and money searching for replacement maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) parts. By allowing users to snap a picture of a part with a smart device, Partpic matches the user generated image with a part and associated specifications. Founder: Jewel Burks


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. This spot is complete with a stage for  live music performances and a 40-foot bar made out of an old shipping container.  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. The firm has an average of 23 years of design, construction and management capabilities. They incorporate sustainability, environmental correctness and technologies into their projects. Founder: Thaddeus Stewart

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Urban Co-Lab (Austin) is an urban innovation focused co-working space and startup incubator designed for community change-makers and innovators looking to create solutions for urban problems throughout the nation.  We work with entrepreneurs to address urban problems through job creation, internships and inspiration for local residents. 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


Sole Strivers (New York) is a wealth building consultancy. They help clients save money, make money, repay debt, and plan and execute other projects that increase their wealth. Their holistic coaching process includes a combination of life, financial, business, and career coaching. Founder: Dionisia Cespedes


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

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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


The Atlanta Olive Oil Company (Atlanta) offers over 65 flavors of gourmet olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Their products are all natural–no sodium, no preservatives. Their lounge-like tasting room is open daily and is a unique opportunity to convene meetings, parties, book clubs, or a friends-night out. Founder: Hillary Dunson


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 

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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

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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

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  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 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, and look out for a fabric scrap upcycled accessories partnership for sale.

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