Hope Lehman is well aware of the data on Black women entrepreneurs like herself.
“We are the fastest-growing group of business owners in the United States but are the least capitalized, with some of the lowest employee numbers and average annual revenues,” she says, pointing to a 2019 report by American Express.
Yet Lehman is hopeful that things are shifting.
Last week, the virtual For the Culture Holiday Market — created by Just Be, a group she cofounded to support Black women entrepreneurs — “received an unprecedented volume of customers,” she says. Although the final tally isn’t in yet, this year’s sales exceeded last year’s total of $45,000.
Skin care, clothing, candles
Amina Galadima is a multihyphenate creator who makes items for the home and body that promote self-care.
“When we look good, we feel good,” she says. Pull on a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words “She’s Evolving (I’m She)” or “Be your own muse” and Galadmina hopes you get a jolt of confidence from the words across your chest. The same goes for treating yourself (or someone else) with Galadima’s skin care products. “Taking care of your skin while in a peaceful environment with soothing scents, you’re taking care of yourself.”
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