Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by Catalyzing Equity For Every Entrepreneur

December 15, 2022 | By

Nutishia Lee

This story is adapted from the Forward Cities monthly e-newsletter. Subscribe for the latest news and updates from cities across the country.


November 2022

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by Catalyzing Equity For Every Entrepreneur

Forward Cities is hitting the road! Over the next several months, we will embark on a national tour, showcasing  amazing communities across the country that are stepping up to prioritize equity as a foundational value of economic development and recovery.  

Apply to showcase YOUR community during our customized, dynamic experience where over the course of two action packed days, you’ll:
  • Celebrate and uplift the voices of your community’s diverse entrepreneurs
  • Use entrepreneurship data and metrics from your community/region to drive decision making
  • Equip local entrepreneurs support organizations with foundational best practices for equity
  • Engage local leaders in an equitable ecosystem design process

Thanks to generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, following the community showcase, each community participating in the E3 Nation tour will have the benefit and privilege of joining E3 Nation, Forward Cities’ learning network. E3 Nation exists to serve organizations and communities who want to facilitate meaningful connections and build trust so that everyone has the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and create wealth for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Learn more about the E3 Nation Tour

We Want to Hear from You

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and leading up to Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday, and Giving Tuesday, we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the work that Forward Cities does to ensure equity for every entrepreneur in communities across the nation. Our short survey only takes about 4 minutes.

Thank you for your time and feedback!
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Engagement Updates

Black Wall
Street Forward

Strategic Doing
In early November, the Forward Cities team traveled across North Carolina to deliver Strategic Doing workshops to the Black Wall Street Forward Stewardship Councils. As everyone met together in the same room for the first time, the energy and excitement were palpable! There was an outpouring of wonderful ideas as the councils brainstormed plans to launch pilots that will impact Black entrepreneurs across North Carolina. 

Read more about BWSF
E3 Durham

PUAP Holiday Market
Join the E3 Durham community on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 5pm for another chance to connect with other Durham-based founders and aspiring small business owners. The December 7th Pull-Up at Provident will feature a special holiday market during the event from 5 - 8pm, where attendees will have the opportunity to browse products and services of E3 Durham businesses. Interested in hosting a table? Apply here.

Register for PU@P

Staff Picks

Industry News, Reports, Best Practices

Durham SOUP Community Pitch Event
Durham SOUP is a community-focused entrepreneurship event that brings people together for a pitch contest to celebrate innovative businesses and projects in Durham.

The November 17 event features four presentations from local early-stage entrepreneurs and community members with venture concepts from 6pm-7:30pm at the American Underground. Come listen to the pitches, meet other members of the Durham community, and then vote on the best pitch to win the proceeds from the event! Dinner is included! RSVP for the event. 
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“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

 – Audre Lorde


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