Asian-owned businesses are on the rise. According to the Census, between 2007 and 2012, the number of Asian-owned businesses grew by 23.8%, from 1.5 million to 1.9 million. In contrast, the total number of all U.S. firms increased only by 2%, from 27.1 million to 27.6 million.
May is AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Month, so it’s only right that we highlight Asian-owned businesses. Here are 15 Asian-owned businesses that you can support right now, from the most authentic Asian foods to the most beautiful houseplants you can buy:
A Jar of Pickles is a punny and playful paper goods company based in the Bay Area, California. Founded by Kirstie Wang, this company offers card sets, notebooks, and custom wedding essentials, including invitations, RSVP cards, and thank you cards.
Blueland is revolutionizing conventional cleaning and personal care products to eliminate the need for single-use plastic packaging.
Buy Me a Coffee is a simple, meaningful way to fund your creative work. Without stitching together a bunch of apps like Patreon, Mailchimp, and a donate button — you can accept support, memberships, and build a direct relationship with your fans.
Dang Foods is a lean and high growth startup that reinvents familiar foods into tasty, globally-inspired, and better-for-you snacks. The founders named Dang after their mother, who inspired them to create the company with her family recipe.
Using minimal ingredients, all their products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and mostly plant-based. The company is a Certified B Corp, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.
Diaspora Co. is a direct trade, single-origin spice company dedicated to building a better spice trade. They source India and Sri Lanka’s freshest, heirloom, and single-origin spices, directly from their partner farms to bring you next level flavor and fragrance!
Fly By Jing is a Chinese food company that brings thoughtfully-crafted pantry staples to the modern kitchen. Developed by Jing Gao, a chef, entrepreneur and renowned expert on Chinese cuisine, they’re on a mission to bring uncensored Chinese flavors to the table.
Health-Ade kombucha was started in 2012 by a husband, wife, and best friend in a true farmers’ market startup story: a small credit card and a big dream to make real food and bring only that to the commercial shelf.
Huppy’s toothpaste tablets are plastic free, zero waste, no mess, and made of natural ingredients that keeps you smiling brighter and happier. They offer Eucalyptus Mint and Charcoal Mint toothpaste tablets. Ingredients are carefully vetted to be natural, effective, and safe.
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”
Nguyen Coffee Supply is the first ever Vietnamese-American-owned importer and roaster of green coffee beans from Vietnam in New York. They partner with a 4th generation farmer, Mr. Ton, who owns and operates his family farm in Vietnam’s famed Central Highlands.
Notion is a clean and intuitive productivity app that provides components such as notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders. Users can connect these components to create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management, project management, and more.
Two daughters of Vietnamese refugees, Vanessa and Kim Pham, started Omsom to build the company of their dreams — one that proudly reclaims + celebrates the multitudes to be found in Asian flavors, stories, and communities. An Omsom starter is a pantry shortcut for a specific Asian dish, combining all the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings you need.
Shine is the #1 BIPOC-owned self-care app, redefining what it means to care for our mental and emotional health daily. Shine’s co-founders, Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi, created Shine after meeting at work and supporting each other through their own stress and anxiety. The app was named one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2020.
The Sill is the first digitally native, direct-to-consumer plant brand. They ship indoor plants and potted houseplants nationwide. The plants delivered to your door come with easy care instructions.
TULA is a skincare company founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a practicing gastroenterologist. 100% of TULA’s clean & effective skincare products are formulated with probiotic extracts & superfoods to boost skin’s appearance & restore its natural balance.
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