Support Small Businesses
This Holiday Season
the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Holiday Gift Guide
This holiday season, it's important to make a conscious choice to support small and local businesses. Whether you're shopping for friends and family, hosting holiday parties, or just looking to explore new brands, here is a list of small businesses offering quality products and services.
Founded by Jennifer Gomez
oneKIN is a mission-driven, retail-tech company, and we are singularly focused on providing small businesses creative technology solutions to help them increase their visibility and grow sustainably.
Over the last 5 years, oneKIN has amassed significant data and learnings about the pain points of BIPOC businesses, specifically, and the larger small business community, in general.
From our curated ecommerce marketplace, to our soon-to-launch livestream shopping app, we are leveling the playing field for the solopreneurs, micro merchants, and mom-and-pops competing in a highly saturated retail industry.
Founded by Dominique "Lovedom" Davenport
Dominique ‘Lovedom’ Davenport is a Visual Artist, Singer-songwriter and Model from New York City. She paints and draws custom commissioned portraits, abstract paintings and produces handmade resin home goods that can be painted in custom colors to fit your decor.
Founded by Phumelele Kunene
About: Ebaata Skincare offers plant-based baby and beauty products which include natural & organic soaps. Formulated to help alleviate dry skin conditions such eczema. Our Promise: No harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, nor toxic colorants.
Lil' Ole Bags NYC by Eec Productions
Founded by Mykel Dicus
About: Lil' Ole Bags upcycles unloved paintings and transforms them into collectable tote bags! We also produce basic tote bags made with new and upcycled fabrics. Each bag is handmade and durable!
Founded by Melissa Parker
About: Emish Company is an Afrocentric Accessory brand where everything is handmade and fabric is sourced directly from Africa.
Flow and Flair by Eec Productions
Founded by Mykel Dicus
About: Flow and Flair is a Flag Dance class committed to "Turning I Can't to I Can." Flow and Flair has both in-person and online delivering classes to Senior and Disability Communities.
Founded by Steve Kaufman
About: We make Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes that allow people with physical or cognitive challenges to easily step into the shoes and have them securely fasten without the need to bend over or use their hands – improving their quality-of-life, independence, self-esteem and safety.
40 Dreams Catering
Founded by Adrienne Fudge
About: 40 Dreams Catering delivers high quality meals straight to the homes of New Jersey Senior Citizens and Disabled Adults. We work directly with insurance companies, caretakers, and family members to ensure our clients are getting the right foods. We believe access to healthy delicious meals is a human right not a privilege.
Founded by: Tennille Ortiz
About: Specializing in the creation of confections almost too exquisite to eat, and known for her incredible attention to detail and the wow factor of her stunning desserts, Tennille Ortiz is an artisan, and celebrity cake designer. Based in NJ, she offers mobile parties and events, treats for corporate and group events, a boutique mobile bakery, and custom cakes and cupcakes.
Founded by: Nadia B
About: Chromatography, through careful experimentation, creates decadent desserts and fun learning experiences to feed your sweettooth, while making STEM education more palatable! We’re on a mission to spread sweetness and hope to our customers, whom we call connoisseurs, through our concoctions and classes which are inspired by physical science.
Founded by Anna Lee
About: gCreate manufactures large format desktop 3D printers and offers on-demand 3D printing services.
Athletic Arts Academy
Founded by IyaSokoya “Coach Iya” Karad
About: Athletic Arts Academy is a 10,000 square foot facility located in Orange, NJ that offers beginner and competitive gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline, preschool gym, roller-skating and skateboard instruction, summer camp, school-age after-school care, ages 2 & up.
Live Life Your Way
Founded by Noreen Sumpter
About: Noreen Sumpter is a certified confidence and self-esteem coach that will equip you to own your voice, speak your truth, and live life your way. With Noreen as your guide, you will design your life the way you want to LIVE it by marching to the beat of your own drum and discover your truth.
Kidault Kar LLC
Founded by Enitan Shepherd
About: Kidault is a car service with car seats for children and seniors. We do school transportation, newborn hospital transportation and Medicaid transportation and we also have wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Little Foot's 24 Hour Childcare
Founded by Joseph Aroustalia
About: Affordable 24 hour childcare offering over night and weekends.