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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 Thurgood Marshall, Chadwick Boseman, Toni Morrison, Debbie Allen, and many more.

However, there are other talented Howard University Alumni who 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 that features house made infused cooking oils and spice blends.  Founder: Angel Anderson

Meet the Owner of DC’s Top Spice Shop Whose Store Also Serves as a Hub for Local Black Businesses to Thrive

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

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lisnr (Cincinnati)is a high frequency, inaudible technology; a new communication protocol that sends data over audio. Founder: Rodney Williams

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Victor Group (Los Angeles) is a multi-service branding agency that makes people and their brands fascinating. They help clients build their branding campaigns from the ground up.  Founder: Victoria Reese 

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

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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

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

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HGC Apparel (Washington DC) is a Black veteran-owned clothing brand founded by a 90’s kid who’s passionate about the uplifting and expansion of the Black community. Founder: Marcia Smith

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15 Comments

  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.

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