Women-owned business is booming. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, over 11.6 million firms are women-owned and employ around 9 million people, bringing in $1.7 trillion. Around 5.4 million of those U.S. firms are owned by women of color, employing 2.1 million people and bringing in $361 billion in revenue.
Here is your guide to 100 of the best women-owned companies, including the fastest growing, those owned by women of color, those behind a great cause, and others that are simply great places to work.
Fastest-growing women-owned companies
TKT & Associates has reached $4 billion in managed projects and was listed by Forbes as one of the Women-Owned Businesses Fast 50 and received an Inc. 5000 Top U.S. Ranking. Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, this firm helps organizations with diversity management and workforce solutions.
Modere is a maker of clean lifestyle products with presence in seven countries. The company opened its first physical location in 2021 in New York City and was named a Top 10 Health and Beauty eCommerce brand by Forbes.
Simplehealth topped the 2022 list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies of 2022 by the Women Presidents Organization. The company provides birth control solutions to women, including online prescriptions and free home delivery.
This full-service natural gas marketing company for the industrial and commercial industries has twice topped the list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Companies by the Women Presidents Organization, and the team has more than 50 years of experience in natural gas supply and delivery.
Founded in 2021 by Amrita Grewal and Julie Dacar, TalEx provides HR and talent solutions to companies and is now a white glove boutique firm, delivering top-tier services customized to each of their clients.
Another fast-growing company is Highlight Technologies, which delivers solutions to federal government agencies, including program management, loan and grant services, data management, and more.
Stax helps organizations simplify payment processing. Now valued at $1 billion, their technology includes tools for invoicing, inventory, sales, and general financial management.
8. SNT Biotech
Leading lab supplier SNT Biotech became a necessity during the pandemic and grew very quickly. The company provides COVID-19 test kits, lab products, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Lever1, a professional employer organization (PEO), delivers human resources, payroll, recruitment, and benefits administration services and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
KaTom Restaurant Supply, owned by Patricia Bible, was included in Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., because of its exceptional growth. For more than 30 years, the company has provided commercial kitchen equipment to the foodservice industry and is now one of the country’s largest restaurant equipment suppliers.
Storehouse in a Box is a data-driven fundraising as a service organization that provides international trade and supply chain management services to nonprofits, corporations, educational institutions, membership organizations, and more.
12. ICON Consultants
Led by Pamela O’Rourke and based out of Houston, Texas, ICON Consultants provides services to employers and job candidates, such as consulting, staff programs, professional services, job searching, and more.
BuzzBallz, founded by Merrilee Kick in Texas, creates innovative pre-made cocktails that come in small ball-shaped containers. What started as a small family-operated business has now expanded to include a distillery, winery, and brewery.
Founder and CEO Eleanor Alvarez brings more than 30 years of management experience to LeaderStat, which provides consulting, executive searching, and interim leadership services to health care organizations.
Software as a service provider GEP delivers procurement and supply chain management software to large customers, including Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies. The company is run by two women cofounders: Roopa Gandhi and Neha Desai Shah.
Founder Snejina Zacharia created Insurify after a bad experience switching car insurance policies following an accident. Now the company has reached $129 million in funding and continues to provide an easier solution for comparing, managing, and buying insurance online.
Herbaland was founded by partners Aisha Yang and Musharaf Syed, who first wanted to create kids vitamins that were more sustainable and nutritious. Now, the company offers over 40 products to more than 40 countries around the globe with sustainability practices driving the business.
18. Quantum Health
Because health care can be so complex in today’s market, Kara Trott created Quantum Health to provide something called health care navigation—a way of helping organizations find the right resources and services in order to succeed.
19. Artech, LLC
Artech is the top women-owned IT staffing firm in the U.S., with offices extending to Canada, India, and China. The company boasts a 64 percent diverse workforce, with 34 percent women employees and 20 percent Black and Latinx employees.
Paula Blankenship created her own paint formula after working for years in retail furniture and interior design. She founded Heirloom in 2013 in Taylorsville, Kentucky, to provide better paint for novice painters.
Companies owned by women of color
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first Black woman to build a billion-dollar company: ActOne Group, Inc., a human resource management firm. The company was founded in 1978 with a small loan from Howroyd’s mom, and it now operates across 19 countries, serving over 17,000 clients.
22. Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code, founded by Kimberly Bryant, supports young girls in mastering computer programming so they have the resources and skills necessary to enter STEM fields when they’re ready to start their careers. The company has reached 20,000 young women with over 26,500 hours taught in the company’s programs.
Jasmine Crowe founded Goodr to help solve problems in our country’s food chain and serve the hungry. The company minimizes food waste by picking up edible waste to donate and working with institutions to get food out to communities that need it. Crowe is the 35th Black woman to ever raise over $1 million in venture capital.
Jessica Matthews recognized that underserved communities struggled to get access to power, so in 2011, she founded Uncharted, a company on a mission to accelerate the equitable development of smart, sustainable infrastructure worldwide. They help cities use data to develop smart, sustainable infrastructure better, faster, and cheaper.
25. Melanin Haircare
Whitney and Taffeta White founded Melanin Haircare in 2015 to offer natural hair care products and solutions. The business is completely Black- and family-owned and has expanded to offer products like head wraps, towels, and caps.
Opened in 2019, Semicolon is a Chicago bookstore and gallery space owned by DL Mullen. It is the only bookstore in the city owned by a Black woman.
Brother and sister Jen and Jeff Martin founded Pipcorn in 2012, a snack brand that’s reinventing popcorn, cheese balls, and corn chips. After being backed by Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Corcoran on the TV show Shark Tank, the brand received wide acclaim.
28. The Honey Pot
The Honey Pot manufactures naturally derived menstrual products, wipes, and vaginal wellness solutions. Founded by Beatrice Dixon, the company quickly became a multimillion-dollar brand and products are now sold at a variety of retailers in the U.S.
Lesley Thornton founded KLUR, an independent, self-funded skincare company, to bring inclusivity and representation to the clean beauty industry. An esthetician, a former makeup artist, and a consumer herself, Thornton bases the brand on three pillars: community, sustainability and eco-inclusivity.
Black Girl Sunscreen is exclusively made for women of color, who are still susceptible to skin damage from the sun despite the melanin protection. Shontay Lundy founded the brand in 2016 after creating a special sunscreen formula that protects melanin.
31. L.Woods PR
L.Woods PR is a boutique luxury PR company with an emphasis on fine jewelry and was founded by Darlyn-Feythe Valentine in Los Angeles.
32. Mented Cosmetics
After failing time and again to find the perfect nude lipstick, KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson created Mented Cosmetics, a brand devoted to providing vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free makeup for all skin tones.
33. Six One Agency
Kilee Hughes founded Six One Agency, a boutique PR agency, to help clients with customized PR and brand strategies for fashion, lifestyle, and beauty brands.
34. The Lit. Bar
Noëlle Santos founded The Lit. Bar, a bookstore and wine bar, in 2019 so Bronx residents could have greater opportunities to read and access books. The Lit. Bar is the only brick-and-mortar bookstore in the neighborhood.
35. Slug Global
Brittany Bosco, known by the stage name BOSCO, is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who founded Slug Global, which pairs creatives with professional opportunities to create unique visual experiences.
36. The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar produces vegan and cruelty-free makeup products and was founded by Melissa Butler, who pitched her idea on ABC’s Shark Tank. Her products are now distributed to more than 1,000 retail stores across the country.
37. Kreyol Essence
Yve-Car Momperousse and Stéphane Jean-Baptiste created Kreyol Essence, a hair, skin, and body brand that sources eco-friendly, natural ingredients from Haiti and aims to create sustainable jobs that empower women and support conservation of the nation.
38. Hungry Bunny
Khloe Hines created this virtual doughnut shop during the pandemic, sending out homemade cruelty-free and plant-based cake doughnuts across the country.
Higher Heights was established by Kimberly Peeler-Allen and Glynda C. Carr and is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the leadership capacity of Black women and expanding civic participation and engagement.
40. Riot Swim
Riot Swim is a swimwear company founded by Monti Landers that creates minimalist, fashion-forward, high-quality swimsuit styles for all shapes and sizes.
Women-owned companies with a cause
For better support following breast surgery or treatment, AnaOno creates bras that provide additional comfort and relief. The brand donates to breast cancer organizations including the Breasties, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and others.
42. Kind Cup
Christine Brown created Kind Cup, a menstrual cup that conforms to how the body naturally curves and moves. The company donated 15 percent of its inventory to historically underserved communities when it launched and continues to donate through the nonprofit Direct Relief.
The founders of drink brand NADI, Nina Tickaradze and George “Gaga” Abashidze, came together to recreate the rosehip flavors they remembered from their childhood in the country of Georgia. With NADI, they create jobs and economic opportunities for Georgian refugees, and each NADI purchase funds social entrepreneurism.
Caregivers can find all of the products they need by visiting Carewell.com. In addition to making the online shopping process easy, Carewell offers an ambassador program to help amplify the voices of caregivers, understand their needs, and reach others who may not know about Carewell. The company is also donating $50,000 to the Alzheimer's Association via corporate and customer donations.
45. inkWELL Press
Tanya Dalton is the founder of inkWELL Press, a company that creates productivity tools and planners and offers training and coaching. inkWELL donates planners to teachers each school year and sends resources to battered women shelters and residential treatment centers.
46. Herbal Goodness
This health and wellness brand provides teas, capsules, liquid extracts, and other products that are made with superfoods like mango leaf, avocado leaf, papaya, and guava. Herbal Papaya gives 10 percent of their profits to the Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation to support the education and training of African girls in the STEM fields.
Online retailer Olivela sells a variety of luxury and designer fashion and beauty products, and 20 percent of their profits go to nonprofits, including children’s education, gender equality, health and wellness, and climate-focused organizations.
Founded in 2007, HelpUsAdopt.org was created by Becky and Kipp Fawcett after they had a tough personal experience when trying to adopt. They wanted to create a resource to make adoption easier financially, and they now give grants up to $20,000 and support all types of families who want to adopt.
49. Urban Hydration
This hair and body care company gives one gallon of water for every product sold through a partnership with WATERisLIFE, an organization focused on providing clean drinking water and hydration education to communities in need. They also offer a Hydration Foundation Scholarship with Western Michigan University for students in need.
50. White Lion Tea
Tea and coffee company White Lion Tea gives scholarships to Kenyan girls in the villages where their ingredients are grown. They’re also committed to hiring people in the U.S. who have physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities.
Coconu founders Angela and Taylor Warnick created the first USDA-certified organic coconut oil personal lubricant. The company aims to help couples find better personal care products for healthier lives, and they donate a portion of their proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA).
After Stacia Guzzo’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she began to do some research to learn more about risk factors and learned that there are links between the aluminum in antiperspirants and cancer. Guzzo then founded Smartypits, a company that produces aluminum-free deodorant, along with other hygiene products. The brand donates one percent of sales to breast cancer research and donates deodorant to cancer centers.
53. Kona Benellie
Kona Benellie is known for their creation of the THROWBEE wearable blanket poncho, along with other convenient and comfortable products. The company also donates blankets to animal shelters to comfort dogs in need.
54. Fernweh Editions
Candle company Fernweh Editions makes toxin-free, clean products and partners with Rainbow Railroad, a charity that supports LGBTQ+ populations across the globe in finding safety from violence and persecution.
This chocolate shop ensures its products are ethically sourced and clean with the right ingredients. The company donates ten percent of profits to Girls Inc., a service and advocacy organization to empower all girls.
Lezat is a luxe brand offering activewear, loungewear, pajamas, and more made from recycled materials and natural fabrics. All of their products are made in the U.S. by workers who are supported with fair pay, and they create dog beds with their extra fabric scraps for animal shelters, rescues, and homeless dog owners in Los Angeles.
Created by Haverhill Leach, jewelry brand Haverhill creates modern, customizable fine jewelry. Products include only conflict-free materials, and the company donates much of the proceeds from their Shop for Good collections to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including those focused on Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ support, breast and ovarian cancer philanthropy funds, and more.
58. Partner’s Coffee
Brooklyn-based Partner’s Coffee Roasters sources its coffee internationally and sustainably. Their many growing partners around the globe, including in Ethiopia, Honduras, and Colombia, grow coffee for Partner’s and use the collaboration to then invest more money in their local communities.
Body wash brand In Good Conscience prioritizes minority-owned businesses when sourcing and creating their products, and they give 5 percent of proceeds to nonprofit organizations, particularly those that advance underserved communities of color.
60. House of Wise
House of Wise creates CBD products with women in mind, carefully selecting ingredients to help consumers take control of their sleep, sex, stress, strength, and wealth. The company partners with Last Prisoner Project to fight criminal injustice and rethink cannabis incarceration drug policies.
This lingerie brand was started by Emily Lau after she couldn’t find many bra options as a petite woman. The company offers sizes ranging from AA to D, and they donate their products to women in need, especially to those displaced or impacted by natural disasters.
This fun design brand creates home décor made to look like plants, from succulent pillows to blankets and throws. The company works with Trees for the Future to plant trees for every purchase.
63. GroWise Be Well
GroWise Be Well (GWBW) is a metaphysical lifestyle and wellness company led by Sarah Southwell. The company provides products made by local businesses and artists, and they donate at least 1 percent of their revenue to environmental organizations.
Wombilee, a menstrual product company, was founded by Raffinaé LaJuan and C.Nichole, the latter of whom also founded the Pan African Think Tank, a nonprofit focused on advocacy and research to empower people of African descent. The company ships their non-toxic pads to women in need around the world.
Streetwear brand Diplomacy provides colorful, stylish products and was cofounded by Sari Baez and Eric Archibald. The company has donated profits to the Bail Project, Inc, an organization that provides bail for those in need, and partnered with the Black Retail Action Group, which educates people of color for the retail industry, and Hoodies for the Homeless, which is a nonprofit that spreads awareness of homelessness and collects warm clothing at live music events.
Great women-owned companies to work for
This company is led by Michelle Accardi and provides IT services such as managed services, security, Cloud management, and strategy. After numerous acquisitions over the last few years, Logically now operates in 11 states and has been named a Digital Innovator of the Year and Top Managed Service Provider by Channel Futures.
Media planning and buying company Marketing Doctor has been named a fastest growing company by Adweek and Inc. 5000, and a USA Best Place to Work by AdAge. Founder Janet Casey and her team focus on getting the most value for clients by using better data.
68. Tory Burch
Iconic fashion company Tory Burch is committed to supporting and empowering women through the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides women entrepreneurs with access to resources and capital. As an employer, the company emphasizes professional development, investing a lot of time and resources in its employees, and prioritizing diversity with the company’s internal anti-racist resources and programming, known as the Color Brave program.
KindBody is a feminine health care organization that makes fertility treatment more affordable and inclusive. The employer offers workplace benefits like flexibility in scheduling and development opportunities to support its diverse workforce.
Hair care brand Briogeo, founded by Nancy Twine, uses all-natural ingredients in its products, which are catered toward a variety of hair types. The company was founded by a woman entrepreneur and is committed to supporting employee development and satisfaction via inclusivity programs, great benefits, education initiatives, and flexible hours.
71. ILLUME Advising
Founded by Anne Dougherty and Sara Conzemius, ILLUME Advising is a research organization that combines data and social science to provide consulting services in the energy industry in the U.S. and Canada. On InHerSight, the company gets an overall employee rating of 4.6 stars, with perfect ratings for metrics in our Opportunity and Schedule & Flexibility categories.
72. Baked by Melissa
Baked by Melissa is a woman-owned New York City bakery that prioritizes giving back to charities like Good Grief, a nonprofit that supports children and families dealing with loss and adversity, and Girls Opportunity Alliance, which helps educate adolescent girls who may not get an education otherwise. Staff enjoy a full benefits package, advancement opportunities, and a work environment that prioritizes thinking outside the box and fostering positivity with sweet treats.
73. ProKo Consulting
San Francisco–based ProKo Consulting helps corporations and consultants with contracts, structure, and insurance to help both parties succeed in relationships. According to research, 100 percent of employees would recommend working at ProKo to a friend, and 94 percent say it’s a great place to work.
Strategic consultant Stephanie Goodell founded Samaya, which provides consultancy services to connect businesses with influential women leaders. Research shows that 96 percent of employees say it’s a great place to work, and 100 percent are proud to have it on their resume.
Led by CEO Tricia Sciortino, Belay connects companies with staffing solutions for social media, web, bookkeeping, and virtual assistants. Inc. Magazine included Belay on its list of Best Workplaces for 2020.
This company provides customer service, business continuity, and sales support services to businesses on an on-demand basis. Working Solutions has been included in the FlexJobs list of Top Companies with Remote Jobs for seven years and was named a Best Place to Work in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal.
77. Haynes & Company
Former consultant and retail executive Elizabeth Haynes founded Haynes & Company in 2013, which provides research, consulting, and analysis services to global clients. The company offers a variety of remote and flexible jobs for a shifting workforce.
Patty Arvielo cofounded New American Funding, now one of the country’s biggest privately owned direct mortgage lenders. The company helps people take the right steps in the homeownership process, like choosing the right lender and the right home loan, and was listed as one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women in 2021.
Cisco provides networking, security, and Cloud solutions to businesses and was cofounded by Sandy Lerner in 1984. Ninety-six percent of employees say Cisco is a great place to work, a stat that helped land the company on Fortune’s Certified Great Place to Work list from August 2022–23.
Other really great women-owned companies
Sara Blakely founded SPANX after she wanted a better solution for smoothing undergarments. She grew the brand into a very successful name that spans 50 countries and was named the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire by Forbes and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Ava is the first preventative solution for fertility that’s backed by AI. The Ava bracelet helps people get pregnant faster and was the first FDA-cleared wearable fertility tracker.
Direct-trade coffee company Caribbrew supports Haitian farmers by cutting out the intermediaries. The organization purchases from more than 3,000 small farmers, helping them generate wealth, and provides training for more sustainable farming practices.
Mariam Naficy founded Minted, which is an online marketplace of a variety of paper products, including invitations, cards, home décor, and more. The marketplace boasts designs from over 16,000 independent artists, helping them connect with buyers across the globe.
84. She Should Run
Erin Loos Cutraro founded She Should Run, a nonprofit dedicated to getting women to run for public office and supporting leadership initiatives. Cutraro was named one of Entrepreneur’s 100 powerful women.
85. salt + umber
Shoe brand salt + umber was founded by entrepreneur Susie Bergquist, who realized the major impact the shoe industry has on the environment. The brand supports small business women in rural Indian villages who create the shoes by providing them with loans when they wouldn’t be allowed to work otherwise.
Cocokind produces botanical-forward skincare products to promote healthy, hydrated skin. Priscilla Tsai founded the company after having her own skin troubles and wanting to change how the world at large views beauty.
This organization supports high-potential women within corporations by providing resources and development opportunities to succeed. They also partner with organizations in growth initiatives that ensure both leaders of all genders become advocates for inclusive work cultures.
Eberjey is a sleepwear brand founded by Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito. The brand provides comfortable, sustainable, and functional clothing pieces to support sleep and individual style.
Women-led Ettitude is a unique company that makes bamboo bedding and bath products, which are more sustainable and eco-friendly than cotton products. Ettitude’s sheet set, when compared with cotton, uses 500 times less water and 52 percent less CO2.
Erica Liu Williams, a former Olympic Trials swimmer, left the tech world to follow her passion for health and wellness and founded gr8nola, a company that aims to make healthier snacks without refined sugar.
91. Hero Cosmetics
Hero Cosmetics was founded in 2017 after cofounder Ju Rhyu was fed up with harsh products that irritated her sensitive skin. The Mighty Patch, the brand’s first product, is a popular hydrocolloid patch that minimizes acne without upsetting the skin. Now the company sells more than 30 gentle skin products.
Bedding, bath products, loungewear, and décor store Parachute was founded in 2014 by Ariel Kaye to create a better shopping experience that focused on online-only and direct-to-consumer selling. The brand now has several physical stores across the country.
Linda Cain is the CEO of Cain Travel Group, which is the largest woman-owned business in Boulder, Colorado. The company is now one of the biggest independent companies focused on travel management in the country.
Founded by Jan Allen in 1999, PayTech is a payroll and HR consulting company that helps organizations with change management services.
95. Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers is a home care provider for seniors and adults in need of assistance. The company was named one of the fastest-growing franchise systems by Inc. and now has 700 offices around the world.
This consulting agency offers strategy services to tech companies and other organizations to help them engage their audiences and grow. The company has been named a Top 200 Private Company and a Top 100 Woman-Owned Company by ColoradoBiz.
97. LDK Logistics
Logistics management company LDK provides white-glove transportation and logistics solutions, including medical equipment, packaging, asset recovery, technology, and more. It’s been recognized as a top woman-owned company and is a Preferred Supplier on IndustryNet, an online resource to find the best business services.
This professional services company was founded by Nooshin Behroyan and focuses on the utilities, gas, and oil industries. Paxon was named one of the top three Fastest-Growing Women-Owned and -Led Companies in 2021 by the Women Presidents’ Organization and JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking.
Dormify provides small-space decorating solutions geared toward college students and young people. The brand was started by Amanda Zuckerman and her mom after they couldn’t find everything they needed for Zuckerman’s dorm room her freshman year of college.
100. Orangetheory Fitness
Ellen Latham first started Orangetheory Fitness in Boca Raton, Florida, in 2010, and now, it’s a huge franchise that reaches around 23 countries, all 50 states, and has over 1,300 studio locations. Orangetheory has been included in the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Companies list and Latham was named a Woman Leader of the Year by the Global Health and Fitness Association.