6 Uplifting Stories of Black-Owned Business Success

As the number of Black-owned businesses in the U.S. surges, we take a look at some of the most prominent companies in the U.S.

Black-Owned Business is Booming

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The number of Black-owned businesses in America has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Annual Business Survey. 

Representation is Growing

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Black-owned businesses are up by 14% from 2020, with 161,031 recorded in 2021. In particular, business ownership by Black women grew by 42% in the same year.

Underrepresented in Business Statistics

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This is important progress for Black Americans, who have been broadly underrepresented in business statistics. Despite making up 12.4% of the U.S. population, they represent only 2.4% of business owners. 

Support Black-Owned Businesses

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According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, approximately 60% of Black adults surveyed believe that bolstering and patronizing Black-owned businesses is one of the most important strategies for fighting racial inequality in the U.S.

Healthcare, Science, Tech

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Of the businesses surveyed by the Pew Research Center, most tend to be concentrated in a few specific sectors, with 45% of Black-owned Businesses operating in the Healthcare and Social Services sector and 22% in the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector. 

Small Hiring Pool With Big Earnings

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While most of these businesses tend to have a smaller employee pool, with 66% of businesses paying less than 10 employees, some employ thousands and generate billions in revenue. 

Bigger and Better

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These companies are the biggest and most productive Black-owned businesses in the U.S., including the consistently successful technical services provider World Wide Technology. 

Six Companies

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Here are the six Black-owned U.S. companies hiring the most people and bringing in the largest revenue each year.

1. World Wide Technology

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World Wide Technology is a Missouri-based technology services provider founded by David L Steward, that provides services in cloud computing, data analytics, computer security, and more. 

U.S. Tech Services 

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WWT is the most profitable Black-owned business in the U.S., hiring over 9,000 people across the country and generating $17 billion per year in revenue. It is currently the 27th largest private company in the U.S.

2. Bridge Water Interiors

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Bridgewater Interiors is an automotive company that specializes in the manufacture of automotive interiors and has been operating out of Michigan since 1988. 

Automotive Interiors 

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The company is overseen by President and CEO Ronald E. Hall, Sr, and is Black-owned and majority Black-employed. It has four facilities, 2,400 employees, and generates $2b in annual revenue.

3. ActOne Group

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ActOne Group is a workforce solutions provider that specializes in “employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions to a wide range of industries, Fortune 500 organizations, local and mid-market companies, and government agencies,” according to their official website.

Workplace Solutions

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The company is active in 33 countries and employs 2,600 employees globally, and generates $1.1b in revenue. It was founded by CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd, a Black entrepreneur and former White House appointee. 

4. Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

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Based in Tampa, Florida, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida LLC is a Coca-Cola bottler that distributes 600 products over 47 counties. It was founded in 2015.

Florida Coca-Cola 

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The distributor is the sixth-largest privately owned Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., with over 5,000 employees on their payroll and a recorded annual revenue of $1.3b.

5. Modular Assembly Innovations 

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Established by the current president and CEO, Billy Vickers, in 2011, Modular Assembly Innovations is an automotive manufacturing solutions provider. They supply auto parts to companies around the country.

Auto Parts and Services

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The MAI headquarters is based in Dublin, Ohio, and despite having just 350 employees, it generates $1.04b in annual revenue.

6. Thompson Hospitality Corp.

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Thompson Hospitality Corp is “the largest minority-owned food service” in the U.S., according to its official website, and it is one of the largest black-owned businesses. It is a retail food and facilities company based out of Reston, Virginia. 

Family and Food Legacy

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The company is family-owned and was started over 30 years ago. It employs over 6,000 people and generates $760 million in revenue annually.

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