Business Sistahs Building was founded on the heels of Covid-19 as a space for Black women entrepreneurs to hold space for each other as our worlds shifted and we had to adapt our business environments during a pandemic that none of us had seen during our lifetime. Founders Shannon Brooks, Rikki Samuel, and Nakida McDaniel initially founded BSB as a Facebook group and expanded by hosting weekly Zoom meet ups for Black women to offer business and personal support. The collective body of women at the time agreed that we needed a space to sell our products and services- thus the Black Business Market was created. Black women pooled their resources and hosted out door markets. BSB also hosted regular cash mobs that raised money for different businesses bi-weekly. The collective promoted via their social media pages and they found the support of the greater community and over the course of a few months had raised over $5,000 for the businesses in the collective at the time.
As the pandemic continued to worsen and BSB founders began to experience its toll, the organization became dormant until early 2022 when the women came back together and revived the organization's mission. With the support of The Black Philanthropy Initiative, The Enterprise Center, and its Women's Business Center-BSB has reemerged to fill the unique gap in services for Black women entrepreneurs.
To support Black women entrepreneurs in building their legacies through the cultivation of mind, spirit, and business.
We envision flourishing Black families & communities
Our Guiding Principles
Honor the God within by honoring yourself first
Honor your time and the time of others in order to honor the space
Cultivate mutual respect and the appreciation of differences
Want for your sistah what you want for yourself
Inspire our community through the action of giving