5 Young Black Entrepreneurs to Support This Holiday

It is never too early or too late to become an entrepreneur. Our Founder and CEO, Yelitsa Jean-Charles, started her journey in 2015 while studying illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Like many of the other young girls on this list. Yelitsa was inspired to create beautiful black dolls because she never had a doll that looked like her growing up. Healthy Roots Dolls was founded and is continuously growing as a black and woman-owned company today. 

This holiday season has been challenging for many small businesses. Many people have lost their businesses and jobs due to COVID-19. As a small business, Healthy Roots Dolls encourages everybody to support small businesses and help others. Here are a few young black girls with some amazing companies you can support:

Gabby Goodwin

Gabby is innovative and is bringing back a classic. Gabby invented GaBBY Bows with her mother by solving the age-old problem of disappearing hair barrettes. Gabby is making history as the youngest to receive the SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. GaBBY Bows is the first double-sided, double snap barrette that allows your daughter to play all day long without losing a hair bow. GaBBY Bows come in eight different colors, and you can shop now at gabbybows.com

Mikaila Ulmer

Mikalia is a heavy hitter as she founded BeeSweet Lemonade. At ten years old, Mikalia was on ABC’s Shark Tank and received $60,000 from investor Daymond John. BeeSweet Lemonade is made with local honey, while a percentage of her earnings go towards saving the honeybees. Click this link to support Makalia.

Haile Thomas

Haile is unstoppable. She founded the HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth) organization.  When she was 8, her father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They decided to combat the disease by changing their eating habits, which inspired HAPPY. HAPPY aims to improve children’s health and wellness by teaching them how to make healthy meals and encourage physical activities. Click here to support the HAPPY organization.

Asia Newson

Asia is on fire and a Detroit native. Asia founded Super Business Girl as a candle business when she was five years old. Now she has an empire. Today her brand offers more products, and she also trains kids in Detroit to become entrepreneurs. Check out Asia here to support Super Business Girl.

Zandra Cunningham

Zandra is impressive as she founded Zandra Beauty. At nine years old, Zandra started her all-natural skincare company with only $500. Now Zandra Beauty offers over 40 different products from artisan soaps to body scrubs. Zandra also donates 10% of all of her net profits to support girl’s education. Click here to shop for Zandra Beauty.

Representation matters, and we love how bright their black girl magic shines as young entrepreneurs. As a woman and black-owned company, Healthy Roots Dolls is inspired by all of the great entrepreneurs mentioned. You can order our beautiful black dolls alongside the fantastic items above.