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Inspiring Entrepreneurs

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Read the stories of our community’s incredible entrepreneurs!

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Solving Complex Problems with Statistical Modeling

November 21, 2023

In the world of problem-solving and consulting, Cynthia Williams stands out as a visionary entrepreneur who has mastered the art of reframing complex issues. Her company, Multiple Holdings Incorporated, is making waves in the industry by offering consulting, research, and publication services that focus on addressing intricate problems that are not easily recognized.

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The Helicopter Igniter Taking Entrepreneurs to New Heights

October 30, 2023

LaShon A. Harley is the E3 Durham Project Lead for the NCCU (North Carolina Central University) School of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED), and someone who possesses a unique ability to ignite ideas, inspire creativity, and help others reach their full potential.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Cultural Equity and the Latino Entrepreneurial Spirit

October 9, 2023

As a Latino entrepreneur and the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for E3 Durham, a network of support organizations that have comprehensive support services to meet the needs of current and future business owners, I am proud to celebrate this Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is a time to honor the rich culture and contributions of Hispanics to the United States, and to reflect on the importance of cultural equity.

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Building Bridges to Entrepreneurial Success

September 19, 2023

In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, there are individuals who not only excel in their chosen fields but also dedicate themselves to empowering others on their entrepreneurial journey. LaTasha Best-Gaddy, the owner and chief strategist of Infinity Bridges Incorporated, is one such inspiring figure.

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Artistic Passion and Entrepreneurial Vision

July 25, 2023

In the realm of creativity and entrepreneurship, few individuals embody the fusion of passion, talent, and determination as powerfully as Toya Wallace, a visual artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. Her artistic journey, driven by a natural gift and an unyielding love for art, has led her on a path toward establishing her own art studio and gallery.

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Inspiring Entrepreneurs Roundup

June 29, 2023

Entrepreneurship is a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and valuable lessons. One of the most powerful and impactful ways to gain insights and inspiration is by reading the stories of fellow entrepreneurs, especially local ones!

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A Journey of Teaching, Self-Care, and Natural Products

June 16, 2023

In the bustling city of Durham, North Carolina, there’s a hidden gem that promotes self-care and natural living. Meet Gina-Marie, the passionate entrepreneur behind Little Homestead Farm Natural Bath and Body. Her journey from being a dedicated teacher to a successful business owner is an inspiring tale of pursuing one’s passion and making a positive impact on the community. In this blog, we will delve into Gina-Marie’s work, her path to entrepreneurship, and the driving force behind her mission.

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The E3 Durham Business Directory Showcases Local Small Businesses in Durham

June 1, 2023

The E3 Durham Business Directory is a platform designed to celebrate and support the remarkable entrepreneurs who have enrolled in the program and are working diligently to start or grow their small businesses. We are proud to shine a spotlight on their efforts and provide them with a means to reach a broader audience and connect with their fellow community members.

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Empowering Women through Thrifting

April 25, 2023

Gina Sambola isn’t afraid of “the hunt.” As an avid thrifter she thrills in the experience of thrift shopping. “You go in and you don’t really expect to find what you’ll find. I always leave with something and it always has a story behind it. You don’t really know who had the clothes before you or what their life was like, so it’s kind of like a mystery.”

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Cultivating Joy through Travel

March 29, 2023

Kestra’s love for travel began in the second grade when her mother took her to visit family in Germany. “My mom always told me ‘go out there, experience the world, experience cultures to see what you love, and learn more about yourself.’ So I took all her words to heart.”

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