The benefits of owning your own business are staggering. Job security, flexibility, the ability to focus on your own passions, financial independence and personal pride are just a few reasons why owning your own business is amazing.
The bad news? According to the US Census Bureau, only 2.1% of businesses are owned by African-Americans. In America, black people are far more likely to work for other people than they are to work for themselves.
The good news? The future is bright! There are many up-and-coming business owners who are changing the face of black business!
Here are four young black female entrepreneurs you’ll be proud of and eager to support.
1. Jelani Jones
Nine-year-old Jelani Jones is the genius behind the soap and bath bomb business, Lani Boo Bath. After attending a class (led by Christi Carter of Emerald Bee Bath), where she learned how to make bath bombs, Jelani decided to go into business making bath bombs and soaps!
If that alone doesn’t sell you on it, Lani Boo Bath uses only natural ingredients. According to Shoppe Black, Jelani would like to expand her business in the future and perhaps add a line of self-made natural body butters to her business.