Created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr., Black Business Month brings attention to the success of more than three million Black-owned businesses operating across the US.
Celebrated annually in August, Black Business Month shines a spotlight on Black-owned and -operated businesses, which make up 2.5% of businesses in the United States — and the stats are growing every year.
In fact, the most popular industry for Black business owners is healthcare. From styling to skincare services, beauty and wellness-focused organizations with Black business owners are soaring. Check out (and book with!) a few of the incredible Black-owned businesses on Schedulicity.
Alana Gibbs, Hair 2 Sole Beauty Studio
Alana began painting nails when she was just 12 years old, thanks to beginners lessons from Mom. Since then, she’s become an NASP-Certified Master Pedicurist, Oncology Pedicure Certified, LCN Barefoot Certified, and OnyFix Certified — just to name a few — and opened her own salon.
“My mother’s idea was for me to do nails in my college dorm for money. I, however, bypassed college, went to nail school, and became officially licensed in 2000. I love doing nails. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Hair 2 Sole Beauty Studio offers everything, from hair and makeup to waxing and nails. They even have a boutique clothing shop and local-only products to support other small businesses.
Though her skills speak for themselves, Alana’s hustle is only overshadowed by her heart. Her team provides nail services to local group homes for those with mental and intellectual illnesses, and she’s working to improve accessibility in her salon after being diagnosed with MS in 2016.
On top of it all, Alana is also taking ASL classes, because “I want to be able to communicate and accommodate anyone who comes through my door. I want clients to feel comfortable and welcome in our space.”
Nakomis Gilbert, Koiled & Coiffed
Nakomis, or Koko as her clients and team know her, is the epitome of grace and badassery. Unsurprisingly, this queen believes our hair is our natural crown.
Koko runs a full-service luxe boutique salon on Capitol Hill, opening the business to try her hand at entrepreneurship.
“It is important to me that I am a Black businesswoman because we, as women, do not get the recognition we should as business owners. To be able to own a business makes me happy to show other young Black women that it can be done.”
Koko’s success is largely due to her range of skills, including blowouts, weaves, braids, twists, loc maintenance, cuts, color, highlights — and the list goes on. With ambition and a mission, her goals of expansion are well within reach, and her salon continues to thrive.
“Our goal is to promote beauty, self-love, and staying true to yourself to a diverse group of people.”
Lisa Jackson, Houston Glam Geeks
Lisa invented the word “weaveologist” and truly embodies what a master stylist is. Based in Houston, her full-service salon, Houston Glam Geeks, offers hair, beauty, and nail services for women and men.
As a Black business owner, Lisa uses her salon to represent a space that provides a cultural experience.
“I decided to open my own business simply because I wanted to make my mark in the beauty industry on my own terms,” she said.
“Being an entrepreneur means freedom to me. Running a salon is not the easiest thing to do; however it’s rewarding to be able to offer someone an opportunity.”
And that she has. Running a Black-owned salon, Lisa understands the importance of lifting others as you rise.
“My goal is to show my local area how talented my team is when it comes to helping them with their image they project to the world. I want to be able to impart all my knowledge to the next salon owner on the rise!”
With her uber talented all-female team by her side, Lisa also works with Hello Gorgeous!, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients with hair and beauty resources.
Ingrid Saddler-Walker, WythaBalance Yoga Counseling
For Ingrid, yoga is more than just a workout. It’s a physical means of understanding and aiding your mental health.
As a school counselor, Ingrid began her yoga training certifications to teach her students with ADHD, anxiety, and other mental and behavioral health concerns. She wanted to use yoga as a way to calm down their sympathetic nervous systems in order to focus and concentrate.
After seeing the success in her students, she began training to teach adults, specifically women who were traumatized. Most recently, she completed a 200-hour teacher training for breast cancer survivors.
Ingrid offers an impressive list of yoga classes at her studio and in local afterschool and treatment programs: Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga that Connects the Mind, Body and Breath, Restorative Yoga, Kemetic Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids and Teens.
Ingrid is also a reiki practitioner and founder of the Annual Bull City Yoga Festival. Over five years, she’s made charitable donations to organizations in the Durham-Raleigh community, including the North Carolina Food Bank and Durham Community Health Center.
Cortney Veney, Naturally Crowned Hair, Nail & Skin Studio
Drexel Hill, PA
There is almost nothing Cortney can’t do in the hair and beauty world. As a master cosmetologist, loctician, and salon educator, she’s extremely passionate about her craft and educating others.
After working her way up in several salons, Cortney fell in love with hair and beauty. Her goal was to open a full-service studio that catered to everyone, a place where all would be welcomed.
However, her path took a slight detour when she found out she was pregnant in college. She moved back home to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and embark on a new and equally “terrifying and exciting” journey: motherhood.
But being a new mom only pushed her harder to pursue her dreams.
“It gave me a desire to work even harder towards my goal: to be the best version of myself for my daughter. Naturally Crowned was born with a lot of sweat, equity, and love,” Cortney said.
In 2016, she officially opened her first salon location. Naturally Crowned offers hair, skincare, and nail services with a focus on natural beauty through styling and education.
“We wanted to establish a focus on natural hair styling and protection and skin and nail health. The idea was to focus on helping clients to embrace their natural beauty.”
Two years later, in 2018, Cortney expanded and opened a larger location that offered full-service care, including body waxing, facials, and lash and brow services.
Since then, she started three other beauty businesses, including her own natural hair and skincare line, and is working on an esthetic spa to open by 2023.
“It was harder to manage being not only a mom but a young single mother, but I never lost sight of my dreams or goals.”
Along the journey, I met my soon-to-be husband, who’s motivated me to… continue to grow in the industry I love so much. My daughter is now 13 and is thriving.”
Being a mom and a business owner, Cortney can also add philanthropist to her resumé. She regularly donates to Plan International, helping girls in underdeveloped countries with living and education expenses.
And she’s not stopping any time soon: “Our goal is to teach as many men and women the art, history, and craft of cosmetology by opening a school for aspiring new talent.”
Ramla Evans, Ramglam Esthetics
After 22 years as an EMT with the Fire Department of New York, Ramla took a leap of faith and launched a full-time career as an esthetician in August 2021.
Despite owning and operating Ramglam Esthetics for less than a year, Ramla is no stranger to the beauty and skincare game. She originally looked for makeup certifications and found esthetics as a happy accident.
She’s been in the industry since 2012 and worked as a solo esthetician and in high-paced spas. She’s currently expanding into the oncology specialty after completing her official training — with an ultimate goal to partner with cancer centers to provide skincare treatments to patients.
“My youngest client was 10 years old, and my oldest client is over 80 years old. Whatever their age, they walk away feeling good about themselves and their treatment.”
In addition to oncology, Ramglam Esthetics provides a boutique skincare experience using Skin Script products and offers HydraFacials and customized facials, sugaring hair removal services, facial acupressure, scalp massage, and eyelash extensions with Xtreme Lash.
Clients can also shop Hale & Hush products, which are rooted in oncology-safe cosmeceuticals and are recognized as the go-to for sensitive or health-challenged skin, as well as HydraFacial serums and boosters.
Tara Manson, Monique-Nicole Hair Studio
First things first, Tara is an entrepreneur.
As the co-owner of Monique-Nicole Hair Studio on Capitol Hill, she offers a variety of services, including haircuts, styling, texturizing, color, conditioning, and weave and wig installation.
Leading her salon with kindness first, Tara inspires to encourage women and men to feel free to be their best selves.
She’s also the owner of All Things Beauty Hair and Skin Oil, STAND OUT apparel and body butters, and Tenir Ferme fragrances.
Her hustle doesn’t stop, and it’s her simple motto that keeps her going: “When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you share that energy with the world.”
At Schedulicity, our businesses represent the best parts of who we are. Together, we work to create a safe space in order to empower and educate our small business owners and entrepreneurs.
We’re proud to celebrate Black Business Month with our incredible clients, who show up and show out, every month.