When you start your own business, you need to have some general knowledge of accounting, finance, IT, human resources, business law, marketing, and several other areas that often require a more in-depth understanding.
The good news is that you aren’t expected to do it all on your own. There are many services out there that you can use to make sure your business is set up for success. The even better news? Many of these businesses are owned and operated by Deaf or hard-of-hearing experts.
We’ve compiled a list of Deaf-owned businesses that provide services and support to other businesses below. This is not an exhaustive list, if you know of a business or consultant that you would like to have added, please reach out to us through our contact form.
Business Consulting and Strategy
Alex Jones Coaching
Alex Jones offers entrepreneurship and business coaching for individuals looking to define their business vision and become more effective entrepreneurs. Connect with Alex to develop your business strategy and get an outside opinion on your business direction.
CSD Social Venture Fund
The CSD Social Venture Fund provides a full suite of business consultation services to our investment partners. If you’re just getting started, or are not interested in an equity investment, you can join one of our monthly webinars or networking events to get your questions answered. If you’re looking for more individualized support, reach out to us through our contact page, and we will do our best to connect you with the appropriate resources.
Innost Consulting offers consulting on business development, project management, strategic growth, and general business solutions. Deaf and hard-of-hearing business owners can set up an appointment to receive guidance from an experienced professional at any stage of their business.
Innivee Strategies is a consulting firm that focuses on organizational efficiency and leadership development. Additionally, you can partner with this firm for support on goal-setting processes, strategic communications, and external partner relations.
Yantern supports Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs prepare and launch their business ideas. They provide online webinars, one-on-one consultations, conferences, and tips that provide aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs with important information related to owning and operating a business.
DHH Insurance Agency
DHH Insurance is a Rochester-based insurance agency and has been providing insurance services since 1999. They offer insurance options for individuals, interpreters, non-profits, and businesses. They offer many packages for businesses including, business interruption, worker’s compensation, umbrella liability and more.
Deaf Entrepreneur Network
The Deaf Entrepreneur Network (DEN) is a startup community with the goal of connecting aspiring and experienced Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs. DEN also hosts conferences for entrepreneurs and business owners and recently announced their 2023 dates. Visit their website to learn more.
There are many unofficial online groups dedicated to to Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs. You can visit this blog to find a list of groups specific to your area where you can connect with other entrepreneurs and promote your services.
ASL Now, Powered by Connect Direct
ASL Now is an innovative and culturally responsive customer service offering. Instead of relying on VRS or interpreters, ASL Now employs Deaf and hard-of-hearing customer service representatives to respond directly to your customers’ questions or concerns.
Financial Services: Bookkeeping, Tax Preparation and Accounting
DeafTax Financial Services
DeafTax is a Deaf-owned and led tax preparation business. You can reach out to their tax professionals for support with your business formation paperwork, State and Federal filing and registrations, and business planning. Reach out to them today to set up a consultation and learn more about how they can support your business.
Folk Williams Financial Management
Folk Williams Financial Management offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses. As an entrepreneur, you can reach out to this firm for support with banking relationships, business insurance, corporate taxes, business planning, business valuation, business formation and more.
Travis Zornoza is a QuickBooks Pro advisor who is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Business owners can work with TZornoza for their bookkeeping and accounting needs, payroll services, general ledger preparation, and several other areas of financial needs.
We were unable to find any Deaf-led firms dedicated to business law but know there are many talented Deaf and hard-of-hearing law professionals across the country. The National Association of the Deaf has written a blog with tips on finding and working with lawyers that may be helpful to you in your search.
Marketing and Web Design
Copper and Water
Copper and Water is a Deaf-owned and operated business based in Washington D.C. but with staff located across the country. Their team of professionals specializes in a variety of areas including, film production, public relations, and web development.
Deaf Blue Cats
The founders of Deaf Blue Cats are committed to supporting social causes. If your business needs web services, this Deaf-owned company provides a suite of services including web design, web hosting, graphic design, and creative strategy.
Dozanu Innovations provides a full suite of digital marketing services. You can work with Dozanu on your business’ digital marketing, creative marketing, strategic campaigns, social media and business development. They emphasize BX Design™, which focuses on using best business operations and practices to determine your ideal strategy.
Her Hustle Mind
Claudia works with business owners to build engaging social media strategies that help them save time and gain visibility. Her Hustle Mind offers four different packages, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum to support business owners with their social strategy.
IS Web Plus Service
IS Web Plus Service provides custom e-commerce support, web design, web hosting services, as well as print and media design. Visit their website to learn more about their ready-made web page template, custom web design and other offerings.
Kay Star Support Services
Keandra’s key business offering is support. Business owners who are looking for social media management support, or a virtual assistant can benefit from reaching out to Kay Star Support. Visit their website or Instagram to make an appointment and learn more.
Magnabos.Co is a digital and design agency that can support your business with brand experience, user experience, and conversion creation. Not sure where to start? They recommend a 1:1 consultation to go over your needs and goals in order to find the right service for you!
There will inevitably be times when you find yourself in need of support from experts in areas not listed above, like graphic design, photography, human resources, information technology, writing, and more. In these instances, there are several Deaf-led organizations that you can reach out to for support finding a solution.
Dripple connects business owners with talented freelancers to support one-off and long-term projects. With a list of nearly 1,000 talented Deaf and hard-of-hearing freelancers across many industries, you can be sure Dripple will be able to match you with a talented professional that can meet your budget.
Eyeth Visual Entertainment can provide a wide range of services for your business. If you're looking to host an in-person or virtual event, lead a fundraiser, host a webinar, or more you can reach out to their talented team for support.
CSD Professional Services provides tailored support to businesses looking for inclusive solutions to their operational needs. Their team of dedicated professionals offer services related to financial services, human resources, marketing and communications, information technology and e-learning.