Black Alumni Businesses
We have a strong community of Gamecocks who are breaking boundaries, improving their communities and leading in their own right. The USC Black Alumni Council is seeking to highlight alumni owned businesses on our website. Are you a black alumnus(a) who owns a business or nonprofit organization? Please click the button below to fill out a short form and encourage other black alumni owners to do the same!
The Council has the final right to decide content to list on the page, and information will be verified.
3MC Business Solutions
3MC Business Solutions is a consulting firm dedicated to creating customized solutions for every client we service. We want to help small businesses, startups, and nonprofit organizations reach their big goals, despite their budget constraints.
Alumna Owner: Shaykara Waajid ’15
A.Bevy: The School of Self Awareness
By igniting an increase of self-awareness, A.Bevy provides young adults with hope for a better future, courage to pursue their dreams and the realization of their purpose.
Alumnus Owner: Bryant Kirk White ’09
A Lump of Sugar Children’s Boutique
Our goal is have your “lump of sugar” dressed as the best version of themselves while being comfortable! We offer environmentally-sustainable, modern quality brands for baby and child.
Alumna Owner: Damonica Dockett ’09
Blessed Little Bungalow
Your home is your most personal of spaces. It should be comfortable and fulfilling. It should excite and inspire you upon every departure and return. Your home is a reflection of you and your place in this world. Let Blessed Little Bungalow help you make it one that you love.
Alumna Owner: Amber Guyton ’08
Bowtie Leadership and Development
Bowtie Leadership & Associates is a global leadership management and personal development firm with a focus in bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance.
Alumnus Owner: Todd Jenkins ’08
Buckead Barkery is an Atlanta-based bakery that focuses on creating wholesome, delicious treats for your furry loved one! All treats and desserts are crafted in small batches using only the best ingredients to keep your pup’s tummy happy and full!
Alumna Owner: Courtney France ’15
Burnt Wax Candle Co.
Burnt Wax Candle is a luxury candle company that provides the ultimate in aromatherapy sensations. We take pride in being 100% vegetable/coconut wax blend, bamboo wick for longer burn time (approximately 70-80 hours), high quality essential oils and made in the USA!
Alumna Owner: A’ja Wilson ’18
The Capital City Café
The Capital City Café in Columbia, S.C., serves salads, wraps, sandwiches and more.
Alumnus Owner: Jermaine Britton ’96
Carolina Clutches, LLC
Carolina Clutches, LLC is located in Columbia, South Carolina and creates handmade bags and accessories. The goal is to be a head to toe brand that marries versatility with fashion and function.
Alumna Owner: Tashana Jamison ’03
CityBright, LLC is an all-Black, all-woman, all-Gamecock South Carolina-based political and public affairs consulting firm.
Alumna Owner: Lauren Harper ’16
Christine Language Solutions
Christine Scott, President and CEO of Christine Language Solutions, LLC, specializes in providing Spanish language services to the local business community. With more than 15 years’ experience with Spanish language and foreign affairs, Christine’s passion and expertise meld together to promise an experience that is positive for both parties.
Alumna Owner: Christine Scott ’09
Collaborative Partnership Strategies, LLC
Identifying partners that represent our client’s values is a choice that is not taken lightly. That’s why CPS offers full-cycle services to address your business’s specific needs, the scope of your goals and your budget.
Alumnus Owner: Sean Bennett ’03
CourtConnects Lighting & Sound Solutions
At CourtConnects Enterprises we pride ourselves in customer comfort & convenience while providing the best customer service to meet each need.
Alumnus Owner: Courtland Thomas ’15
D.R. Designing provides illustrations, including Don’s Doodles for illustration in literature and print.
Alumni Owners: Donald II ’10 and Rachael Wilson ’09
Elite Core Therapy
Whether you’re a star athlete or seeking to ward off the usual aches and pains that come with age, Elite Core Therapy is your premier source for physical therapy and rehabilitative services in the Miami/Kendall area.
Alumnus Owner: Brandon Elmore ’08
Faces by Maranda Makeup Artistry
For the past 13 years, Maranda Williams has been a professional makeup artist serving clientele including Jill Zarin from the Housewives of NY, Bloomberg Television, Titan Advertising Agency in Savannah, GA, and beauty photographers Chip Faust (owner of Universal Salon Magazine).
Alumna Owner: Maranda Williams ’04
The FLY Foundation
The FLY Foundation is a nonprofit teaching financial wellness to youth that also provides scholarship funds to students who go through the financial wellness program.
Alumna Owner: Tee Weaver ’10
Juice Crush creates juices that assist in eliminating ailments that target the African American community. They are currently in the process of partnering with a local non-profit produce organization to open a store front health hub in a desert community where they will provide juices, smoothies, fresh fruits/vegetables from local African American farmers, fruit bowls, sea moss, and healthy foods from local vendors.
Alumnae Owners: Shaquasia Coleman ’07 and Labria Strong ’15
KC Consulting LLC
Writing services (copywriting, editing and resume writing) to compliment and enhance personal and professional brands.
Alumna Owner: Karriema Calhoun
This restaurant serves delicious, homemade soul food dishes to raving customers. Best known for its signature dish — four crispy fried chicken wings seasoned to perfection on top of a warm, Belgian waffle — the restaurant also serves a variety of home-cooked meals, from fried green beans and sweet cream corn nuggets to smothered pork chops and salmon patties. The entire menu is available via takeout and curbside pickup. Follow on social media: @KikisChickenandWaffles
Alumna Owner: Kitwanda “Kiki” Cyrus ’09
LaRhonda H. Williams, LPC, LLC
A Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 15 years experience specializing in therapy for children, adolescents, adults, individuals and families. Treatment is tailored to meet your specific goals and needs by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based and Family Systems Therapy.
Alumna Owner: LaRhonda Williams ’12, ’15 M.Ed.
Life Interrupted Counseling Services, LLC
Offers a comprehensive counseling approach that caters to the individual client or couple. Whether it is in the counseling setting, during a retreat or workshop, each client is provided the tools to cope with the challenges of life.
Alumna Owner: Keshia Keith ’99
Marc Brown Law Firm, LLC
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law firm, serving South Carolina and Georgia
Alumnus Owner: Marcus “Marc” Brown ’09
Miles of Melanin LLC
Travel agency specializing in private and group adventures around the world.
Alumna Owner: Keturah Miles
Mommy & Me Bakery
Home based bakery specializing in southern homemade desserts. “Our first ingredient in every recipe is love!”
Alumna Owner: Sonya Carr ’10
Natasha A. Smith, CPA LLC
Natasha A. Smith, CPA, LLC is a full-service accounting firm serving clients both locally and afar. The firm is committed to providing prompt, efficient and personal service to each one of their clients and insist on delivering the highest quality product.
Alumna Owner: Natasha Smith ’01
Nika White Consulting
Navigating the complexities of an evolving global business environment requires strategic diversity and intentional inclusion. Nika White Consulting provides practical solutions and resources to partner with you in the journey.
Alumna Owner: Nika White ’98
Need Nalia? is Columbia, South Carolina’s only Licensed Greek Paraphernalia store. The company offers embroidery services and creates other custom items other than Greek related items.
Alumna Owner: Tivona Taylor Vogt ’02
No Stigma, PLLC
Practice specializing in treating suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety through group therapy, individual therapy and teletheraypy so individuals can enjoy life again, achieve goals and live authentically.
Alumna Owner: Tiffany Hall ’03
Since 2015, OMTBH has provided services for 200+ weddings across the states and abroad. The OMTBH team takes pride in building a personal connection with each client that allows the compassionate execution needed in the attainment of happiness for your wedding day.
Alumna Owner: Adrienne White ’10
OTG Athleisure provides stylish activewear for women.
Alumna Owner: Genise Scott ’11
Palmetto P.R.I.D.E. Sports
Nonprofit organization based in Columbia, SC, Palmetto P.R.I.D.E. Sports is a low cost club and travel sports organization dedicated to minority youth who play sports with low minority representation. Baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and tennis.
Alumnus Owner: Sedric Warren ’12
Protecting Your Jewel LLC
This business markets a line of feminine sanitary products that may be more comfortable than traditional store brands.
Alumnus Owner: Kurtis Moore ’07
Provisions Counseling Services
Provisions is skilled at working with a wide range of life challenges providing services that span from therapy for individuals, couples, children and families.
Alumna Owner: Dr. Shiricka Fair ’96
Scents that Flicker
Hand poured soy candles made with an all natural soy wax grown in the United States. The wax holds an abundance of fragrance oils and essential oils. Candles have a variety of different fragrances from citrus, green apple, jasmine, cedar wood, teakwood, lavender, musk, amber and more.
Alumna Owner: Chiquita Singletary ’99
Sharp Brain Consulting
SBC is an organizational development firm that utilizes brain education to improve organizational outcomes. The firm provides organizational support through training and consulting services. Its education department works with schools and its women’s department works with women who want to be better leaders in their communities.
Alumna Owner: Jessica Sharp ’11
Soulful Beginnings LLC
Soulful Beginnings is an academic services company based in Greenville, South Carolina that provides tutoring services, intervention, enrichment and teacher trainings in the form of professional development for any subject area specializing in improving literacy skills for elementary students in grades K-4 (Pre-Kindergarten) to 5th grade.
Alumna Owner: Alanda McKinney Posey ’09
Spry Players Group
A sports management firm and success plan headquarters propelling athletes and professionals into their destiny. Our desire is to supplement family ideals and meet individuals where they are.
Alumna Owner: Allison Waymyers ’05
Your First Stop for Travel
Planning a trip or special destination? Let alumnus Andrea Dantzler help book your next adventure.
Alumnus Owner: Andrea Dantzler ’98
West Main & Co.
Developed by chemist Shanice Joyner, the West Main & Co. elixir is a moisturizing hair oil with anti-fungal, anti-dandruff and scalp stimulation properties.
Alumna Owner: Shanice Joyner ’16