Empowering Women in Business

March 16, 2023 | 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.


March 2023

Celebrating the Women Committed to Advancing Entrepreneurial Communities

The women of the E3 Durham program Spoke partner organizations. Pictured above, from top left to bottom right: La-Tasha Best-Gaddy of Infinity Bridges, Inc., Anjanette Miller of Echo, Tyra Wade of Provident1898, LaShon Harley of North Carolina Central University School of Business, and Lee Gray of Knox St. Studios.
Forward Cities remains committed to our ethos of equity for every entrepreneur and we are privileged to work with women entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders taking the lead and making change in communities across the country everyday. 

The E3 Durham Community Navigator Program has continuously worked to help small businesses connect with resources and opportunities by leveraging partnerships with our deeply trusted, community-based Spoke partners.
We are proud to recognize the collaborative effort of our network to support over 125 women-owned businesses and aspiring women entrepreneurs in the E3 Durham community. 

Learn more about E3 Durham

When Black Businesses Succeed, the Community Succeeds

The Black Wall Street Forward Charlotte, Fayetteville, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem councils recently hosted successful pilot events in their respective cities, providing opportunities to support and amplify the work of Black businesses in each community. The Durham event, an interactive experience with incredible speakers and entrepreneurs in an environment conducive to collaboration, will take place this month.

Forward Cities is providing matching funds to support the Black Wall Street Forward pilots and now local leaders are inviting you to join the effort. We are constantly learning from and exploring the rich history of Black Wall Street. Click below to help support the reimagination of Black Wall Street and generational wealth across communities. 
Support the BWSF Pilots

Staff Picks

Industry News, Reports, Best Practices

Durham SOUP
Durham SOUP provides an opportunity for members of the community to come together for a pitch contest to celebrate innovative businesses and projects in Durham over dinner. The event features four presentations from local early-stage entrepreneurs and community members with venture concepts. Attendees 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. We typically feature entrepreneurs who do not otherwise have access to capital for their ventures and whose small businesses benefit the Durham community in some way.

The event will be held Thursday March 30th from 6:30 -8:00PM at American Underground (201 West Main St, Durham NC). RSVP for the event.

InBIA's 37th International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI37)
InBIA will hold the 37th International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI37), in Detroit, Michigan, this spring, April 23-26th. This event brings together entrepreneur support professionals from all over the globe to connect, explore new strategies, share best practices, learn about current trends and gather tools and resources. Peer-led sessions will focus on relevant topics, expert keynotes will share inspiring insights, and local ecosystem leaders will showcase their programs. Register here.
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“When I was younger there was something in me. I had passion. I may not have known what I was going to do with that passion, but there was something-and I still feel it. It's this little engine that roars inside of me and I just want to keep going and going.”

 – Sheila Johnson


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