IFEL's co-founder and CEO Jill Johnson is featured on the March 19, 2021, issue of Behind the Brand. In the she discusses the origin of her entrepreneurial journey, her vision for 2021 moving forward, and other subjects.
She states, "we had a significantly increased demand for our support so we had to figure out how to increase our capacity to serve more people despite not having additional funding ourselves. We reached out to engage business professionals as volunteers, and now we have 150 volunteers who are supporting our entrepreneur community."
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The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, not‐for‐profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. We envision a future with inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in which people from historically marginalized populations have equal opportunity for success. In pursuit of this vision, our mission is to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent people of color from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for entrepreneurial success and wealth creation.