Walker’s Legacy continues to celebrate minority women entrepreneurs with its National Funding Your Entrepreneurial Dreams programming to discuss financing options for women-of-color-owned small businesses. Nearly 8 out of every 10 new women-owned firms launched over the past nine years have been founded by women of color, making them the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs. Despite the substantial growth among this community of entrepreneurs, there is a great disparity that persists in accessing capital.
This programming series explores the opportunities and resources available to best finance, grow, and scale these minority-owned small businesses. Finance professionals from an array of institutions including IBERIABANK, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, PNC Bank, and more provide impactful information for this community of business owners to fund and grow their businesses.
Read the recaps and view photos from the Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, and DC programs below.
New Orleans, LA
On Global Entrepreneurship Day, Tuesday November 15, 2016, Walker’s Legacy New Orleans, in partnership with IBERIABANK, hosted the Funding Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Program at IBERIABANK on Canal Street. The branch held the event where attendees gathered to celebrate this day by learning about the various resources available to further their dreams in business.
The program was hosted by New Orleans City Chair Erica Durousseau and expert panelists included Toni Dixon, Vice President and Branch Manager at IBERIABANK; Staacy Cannon, CEO & Founder of Grok+Banter; and Kemberly Washington, CPA, writer, TV contributor, and educator.
The event offered much advice and impactful content to the existing, aspiring, and established business owners in the room. Furthering our mission to create an ecosystem of access, the program completed with opportunities to network.
Detroit, MI – October 25, 2016
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Walker’s Legacy Detroit, in partnership with Accelerate with Google, hosted the Funding Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Program at Detroit is The New Black. Detroit is The New Black, owned and operated by Roslyn Karamoko, is a boutique, art gallery, and overall celebration of the unique culture of Detroit, MI. The storefront held the event where attendees gathered to engage in a discussion on the best ways to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.
The program was hosted by Detroit City Chair Anistia Thomas and expert panelists included Roslyn Karamoko; Lolita Lenoir, Vice President Business Banking and Sales SEM Central and Toledo at PNC Bank; Gail Perry Mason, First Vice President of Investments of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.; and Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director at the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
“In order to be successful, you have to look into planning. Seek more about your business and utilize your resources” Tahirih Ziegler, Executive Director at the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The program explored an array of opportunities for business growth including strategies for improving your credit score, how to prepare for investors, and ways to build a network of support.
Philadelphia, PA – October 26, 2016
On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Walker’s Legacy hosted the program at The Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, PA. Founder and CEO of Taylor Made Executives Tamika Taylor hosted the gathering of enterprising attendees as they discussed financial opportunities and resources to fund their small businesses.
Expert panelists included Maureen Gribb, Wealth Management Advisor at Wells Fargo; Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment at the Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce; Tiffanie Stanard, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Stimulus; Lindsey Roseen Loan Administrator at the Enterprise Center; and Denisha Perez Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager at Santander Bank.
“I encourage women to build their financing on the ground level so it’s not something to be burdened by in the long run. It becomes a lot easier to manage as you progress your business” Lindsey Roseen Loan Administrator at the Enterprise Center
The program and networking reception focused on the importance of planning, strategies for business success, and how to best leverage your resources and the power of a supportive network.
Washington, DC – October 27, 2016
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Walker’s Legacy, in partnership with PNC Bank, hosted #WLFundingYourDreams at the PNC offices in downtown Washington, DC. Terri Copeland, Senior Vice President & Territory Executive for Community Development Banking at PNC moderated an interactive panel discussion on the best ways to grow and expand your small business no matter the stage.
Our panelists included Dominique Broadway, millennial finance coach and Founder of Finances De•mys•ti•fied; Justin Tanner, Associate Director in the Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs for Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA); Liz Cadogan, Business Engagement Manager at the Washington, D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement; and Patricia (Tricia) Mininger, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Corporate and Institutional Banking Group at PNC Bank.
The program provided advice to budding entrepreneurs by discussing topics such as the various resources DC has to offer and which fintech companies may be best for generating and collecting revenue. Attendees also learned the importance of legal counsel, relationships with bankers and loan providers, and some pitfalls to avoid when establishing a business.
Ending with a networking reception, Funding Your Entrepreneurial Dreams in Washington, DC culminated this first portion of the event series for enterprising women of color
View photos from the program in the gallery and view highlights on social media by searching the #WLFundingYourDreams hashtag.