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Alumni Owned Business

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SpelHouse (Spelman & Morehouse) Alumni Owned Businesses

We’re back showing more HBCU entrepreneur love! This time to our brothers and sisters at SpelHouse aka Spelman College and Morehouse College. Check out a few of the business owners that these esteemed institutions have produced.

Spelhouse Alumni Owned Businesses

DCity Smokehouse The Washington Post dubbed it “the finest barbecue establishment in town.” Founder: Melvin Hines

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Mischo Beauty (Washington D.C.) is an Award-Winning Luxury, Eco-Conscious Cosmetics Brand. Founder: Kitiya Mischo King

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Oyin Handmade (Baltimore) is a fun-loving hair and body natural product line for men, women, and children. Co-Founder: Jamyla Bennu 

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Pindrop is an information security company that provides risk scoring for phone calls to detect fraud and authenticate callers. Co-Founder: Dr. Paul Judge

Perennial Strategy Group (Washington, D.C.) is a strategic advisory firm that provides government, public, community relations, and public affairs services. Founder: Lamell McMorris

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Onion Cut & Sewn (Harlem) features beautiful effortless clothes that feel like lotion. Founder: Whitney Mero

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Posh & Private (Houston) is a special event firm that offers event design, planning, and consulting for corporate and social events. Founders:  Husband and wife team Brandon Carson (Morehouse) and Brandi Carson (Spelman)

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Dental Kidz (Newark) is a full service pediatric dental & orthodontic practice. Serving infants, children, & special needs patients, they offer in-office sedation & hospital services. Co-Founder: Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell, D.M.D

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Florida Avenue Grill (Washington D.C.) is one of the Chocolate City’s oldest soul food spots New owner: Imar Hutchins

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Frederick Benjamin (New York) is a premium grooming line that fuses the power of natural ingredients with the art of science, all while honoring the elements of style. Founder: Michael James

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Bingham-Lester Dentistry (Maryland) offers preventive, restorative, and surgical care. Founder:Dr. Vickii Bingham-Lester DMD

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The Law Office of Council & Associates (Atlanta) is a law firm specializing in representing victims of automobile accidents, trucking accidents, daycare center neglect, and slips and falls. Founder: Lashonda Council Rogers

Joyful Delights Sweets (Atlanta) makes designs edible, cake pop favors as well as dessert tablescapes. Their customized and handmade cake pops ship nationwide and have been given as favors for birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, graduations, retirements, and corporate events. Founder: Joy Andrews

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Sanford Biggers (Harlem) creates art that integrates film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music, and performance. Founder: Sanford Biggers

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Bovanti Cosmetics (Atlanta) is a diverse family owned cosmetics brand that “empowers women through and educational workshops, seminars, makeup classes, and beauty tours.”  Co-Founder: Anita Bohannon

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Source Booksellers (Detroit) is an independent bookstore that offers a unique niche of non-fiction books.  Founder: Janet Webster Jones

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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

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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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