Economic Development through Entrepreneurship
Models for Growing Small Businesses
Eliminate barriers to entrepreneurial and small business success for main street businesses, women and people of color enabling them to generate wealth for themselves and the communities in which they live.
Help entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks and capital needed for success to be possible.
Areas of Expertise
We have expertise in creating programming to support small business development in the following areas:
Strengthening the business core
Connecting entrepreneurs to networks of influence
Breaking down barriers that limit access to capital
Women Of Color Connecting
Women of Color Connecting (WOCCON) is a program launched in 2019 to focus attention on utilizing relationship capital to build the capacity of women of color entrepreneurs to grow, scale, and exit. Our vision is to create $1B in new wealth over the next 10 years through the success of women of color entrepreneurs.
Small Businesses Need Us
The majority of small businesses are ill-equipped to sustain through a crisis the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic leaving many of them now fighting for their lives. We are facing an existential threat to the small business sector and the jobs that they create. Join our community-building small business Initiatives at Small Businesses Need Us
The Making Black Angels
An increasing number of angel investors invest online through equity crowdfunding or organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to pool resources. Over the last 15 years, the amount of angel capital going to women founders has increased with the number of women angel investors. We believe that diversity and inclusion efforts designed to increase the number of black people involved in angel investing will lead to more black entrepreneurs receiving angel capital...often the first step in getting on the trajectory to venture capital.