BUSINESS DUOS

10 Mother-Daughter

Black women are becoming entrepreneurs at a rate that goes leaps and bounds above their white counterparts. They represent 42% of new women-owned businesses and 36% of all Black-owned businesses. 

This impressive statistic makes it unsurprising, then, that Black women will often go into business with one another.

These Black women-owned businesses are a cut above the rest. In spirit of honoring moms all year round, we’re paying special tribute to ten businesses that feature a mother and daughter at the helm.

In some cases, too, there are mothers, daughters, and granddaughters working together to make that money!

Here’s our list of ten mother-daughter Black-owned businesses.

Mother Lala is CEO of TheConjure.com, one of the most popular spiritual candle companies on the Internet today.

The Conjure

The Conjure Family is rounded out by daughters Tina (who performs customized spells) and Chaela Bre (who performs “soul purges,” a form of spiritual cleansing). 

Eria is an aspiring R&B singer who pops up on their IG live broadcasts. The family has their own YouTube show, a strong following on Instagram & is frequently seen hob-nobbing with the ATL glitterati.

Alice Randall and her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams are writers in residence at Tennessee's Vanderbilt University.

Soul Food Love

They co-penned Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family. 

Paige & Paxton is a STEM-centric computer program founded by Kelley O. Williams and Rachel Williams. 

Paige & Paxton

The mission is to provide both teacher and student-centric programs that make STEM classes both easy to teach and easy to learn. 

Paige & Paxton also operates STEM enrichment programming seven days a week through their partnership with Blue Studios in New York City.

Imani Jewelry isn’t just a Black-owned shop — it’s a Black-owned shop that’s owned and operated by three generations of Lilly women. 

Imani Jewelry

Grandmother Norma Lilly is the family's matriarch, while her daughter Tracy Lilly and granddaughter Atiya Lilly-Gassaway round out the lineup. 

The one-of-a-kind line features bold colors that pay homage to their African heritage, and they have boutique shops in New York City and Atlanta.

Feeding the picky little ones has always been an issue that Scrumpt founders Schery Mitchell-James and daughter Bri James hope to tackle with their unique subscription box service. 

Scrumpt

There was a time when fitness tapes were all the rage. It was rare they catered to women with curves or starred Black women. Ellen Ector & Lana Ector stepped up to the plate. 

Black Girls Work Out Too!

They created the Black Girls Work Out, Too! DVD fitness set and the co-owners of Gymnetics Fitness are currently experiencing a new wave of success with their latest DVD set, ECTORsize.

Texas beauties Diannetta Chargois & Tramaine Chargois Singleton have corporate backgrounds, but they work together for their shared clothing line, aptly known as the House of Chargois

House of Chargois

Tamiya Beathea, who runs TAKARA, Croix & Soko with her mother Takara, is a well-known businesswoman in Chicago. Their three shops have transformed Chicago’s fashion landscape.

TAKARA, Croix & Soko

Martha Lou Gadsen is the owner of Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a finger-lickin' good restaurant in Charleston. The restaurant has been featured on the Travel Channel & Food Network. 

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

Although Ms. Martha Lou recently passed away, her daughter, Debra, and her granddaughters are keeping her spirit alive in the biggest little restaurant in South Carolina.

With her mother Helen, Vanessa Williams wrote a book called You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss. 

You Have No Idea

Here, they shared their triumphs and tragedies together and shared how they did it all with love. The mother-daughter duo also frequently goes on speaking tours together.

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