Celebrating 100 Entrepreneurs Supported!

October 28, 2022 | By

Nutishia Lee

This story is adapted from the E3 Durham e-newsletter, a monthly newsletter that features updates on the efforts of our community’s incredible entrepreneurs, upcoming events and workshops, and news from around the Durham Community. Stay up to date by subscribing to our monthly E3 Durham e-newsletter.



Celebrating 100
Entrepreneurs Supported!

We are pleased to share that we have supported over 100 entrepreneurs through the E3 Durham Community Navigator Pilot Project! We are so grateful for all the work and support of the E3 Durham team and partners to help Durham founders equitably start, grow, and scale their business. It’s incredibly heartening to see the E3 Durham community grow so much since the project’s implementation and is a positive sign of what’s to come! 

See what it’s all about! Register to connect to the information, guidance, resources, and funding you need for your business to succeed and thrive.


See You at the November PU@P!

October Pull-Up at Provident event.

Have you been wondering “Who ARE these wonderful people I keep bumping into at Pull-Up at Provident?” Over the next few months, we’ll give you a front row seat into E3 Durham from the perspective of the people at the forefront through our Meet the E3 Durham Team interview series. Read the introduction here and stay tuned for more stories coming soon!

Make sure to join us for the next Pull-Up at Provident (PU@P) event on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5pm!


Workshop session topics include: 

Small Business Insurance Options, Presented by Infinity Bridges Inc.
Getting Your Right Team in Place for The New Year, Presented by the NCCU School of Business
Local Lender Offerings, moderated by Patrick Rodriguez from the SBA
The Power of Strategic Planning, Presented by Helius Foundation
Analyzing Your Competition, Presented by Durham Tech Small Business Center
The Vet-Owned Biz Experience, Presented by NC Veterans Business Association / The Joel Fund
Book a 30-minute, one-on-one financial, entrepreneurship counseling session with LaTasha Best-Gaddy of Infinity Bridges, Inc. Sessions are free and available before each event at Provident1898, from 1 - 4 pm.
Sign up for a session on Calendly. 

Spoke Spotlight:
The Helius Foundation
The Helius Foundation. Image courtesy of helius.org.

E3 Durham's trusted local, community-based organizations, or “spokes,” are experts who know and understand our small business ecosystem.

Spoke partner The Helius Foundation works with small business owners and nonprofit leaders, and through specialty-crafted classes, meets these individuals where they are to propel their operation. Helius believes that entrepreneurs are made, not born, and has one primary focus: Using entrepreneurship as an avenue to build self-sufficiency and generational wealth for those who earn less than a fair living wage. They provide training and coaching for small businesses and necessity-driven entrepreneurs.

We are excited to have Helius serve as a counseling spoke.
Those who are interested in receiving services or resources can register to be connected to a navigator. Click below to find out more about The Helius Foundation!
"One of the most important things in the struggle to improve social mobility is access. Affluent, and even the upper middle class not only have access to capital, but more importantly, they have access to information. They know people who run companies, manage people, or have started businesses. And they can get free advice from those people with a phone call or over dinner.

E3 is at a place where those who don't have parents that are entrepreneurs or who don't have the connections to build a strong advisory can still find that information and get the coaching they need to use it." 

-Geraud Staton, Executive Director, Helius

E3 Durham Entrepreneur
of the Month

Photo courtesy of theocommunity.com.

Dana & Dwight Peebles are the founders of The Obsidian, where they curate experiences, connections, and community with a "focus on 35 - 55 year old Black men and women who are tired of the usual, inconsistent (non-existent?) social scene."

They’ve worked to create a safe and judgment-free community where Black men and women can meet new people and try all those outdoor activities that got pushed aside in their busy lives.

Want to be featured as an E3 Durham Entrepreneur of the Month?
Join the E3 Durham program!

News and Announcements

SBA Cyber Summit

The October 26th, 2022 cybersecurity forum, a first for the agency, will help introduce American small businesses to tools, tips, and resources to bolster their cybersecurity infrastructure in addition to exploring new trends and challenges entrepreneurs are increasingly facing. The summit will feature panelists from across the cybersecurity world, including Microsoft, the Georgia Cyber Center, FBI, and fellow small business owners. Register to participate in this free, virtual event here
RISE: Women’s Summit

The RISE Mini Women’s Summit will be in Greensboro, NC November 12, from 10am - 5pm. Hosted by Chanda McGuffin and Sharon Fitz, the event will include meals, talks, and a workshop on cultural awareness. View the itinerary and register here
Small Business Growth Fund | With funding provided by Mastercard, the Small Business Growth Fund offers $5,000 grants to help entrepreneurs make their next big move. 

Entrepreneurship World Cup | An opportunity for entrepreneurs at all levels – from idea stage to scale-up – to reach the next stage in their journey through free access to world class training and resources, enhanced visibility, and connections to mentors and investors.