Enriching Ecosystems Through Inclusivity

September 23, 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.



Enriching Ecosystems Through Inclusivity

Recognized from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx contributions, culture, and traditions. As the past few years have continued to see an immense amount of growth in population, home-ownership, and entrepreneurship for the Hispanic community not only in Durham, but across the Triangle and North Carolina as a whole, this year’s theme, "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation", is both timely and fitting.

Recognizing and meeting the needs of all groups of entrepreneurs in a community only serves to enrich and strengthen it. Durham boasts numerous organizations whose focus is to empower Hispanic entrepreneurs, strengthen the community through trust-building, and provide connections to resources. Learn about some of these organizations here

Pull-Up With Us in October

Networking at the September 7th Pull-Up at Provident event.

At last month’s Pull-Up at Provident, we enjoyed some fantastic workshops covering core values, hiring vs. contracting, implementing accounting systems, and adding WIIFM (What's In It For Me?) to your communications arsenal. Join us for the next one on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 5pm.


Workshop session topics include: 

pro·to·type : How to Develop and Launch a Physical Product, Presented by Durham Tech Small Business Center
TALK TO ME NICE: Marketing Directly to Your Customers, Presented by Helius Foundation
Local Lender Offerings, moderated by Patrick Rodriguez from the SBA
Payment Options for Your Customers, Presented by the NCCU School of Business
Petite Privacy Primer, Presented by Infinity Bridges Inc.
How to Network Effectively, Presented by Nefateria Fonda' of Go Get It, Inc.
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:
Small Business Center
at Durham Tech
The Small Business Center (SBC) at Durham Tech. Image courtesy of @SBCatDurhamTech.

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

Spoke partner Small Business Center (SBC) at Durham Tech works with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to get them the tools and information they need to develop viable, sustainable, and profitable businesses. They offer a range of services at little or no cost to entrepreneurs, including:
  • Training and technical assistance in starting a business or developing business ideas;
  • Business skills seminars, webinars, and workshops;
  • One-on-one confidential counseling sessions to help develop a business plan or address business needs; and
  • A resource center with business books, magazines, and other literature.
We are excited to have the SBC at Durham Tech 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 SBC at Durham Tech!

E3 Durham Entrepreneur
of the Month

Che Ramos, founder and operator at The Black Bourbon Guy. Photo courtesy of @theblackbourbonguy.

Che Ramos is the founder and operator at The Black Bourbon Guy. Che possesses extensive experience in the restaurant industry and has a deep knowledge and love of whiskey. He offers virtual cocktail classes, curated whiskey tasting events, and professional beverage consulting to educate folks on how to choose and how to enjoy whiskey.
Want to be featured as an E3 Durham Entrepreneur of the Month? Join the E3 Durham program!

News and Announcements

WRAL Techwire Startup Guide

The WRAL TechWire Start Up guide covers all the networks, accelerators, incubators, prototyping facilities, events, VC groups and other important resources early-stage entrepreneurs in the Triangle should be familiar with. View the guide here
SCN Fall Summit

The 2022 SCN Fall Summit, organized by HSC Next​, will take place in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas October 17-19. Over the course of 2.5 days, the Summit Host team will showcase some of Fort Worth’s strengths, highlighting how these strengths can translate to a nationwide movement to combat the recent economic struggles in our country. 

We’ll explore programs and initiatives in the ecosystem while also getting a local’s experience of the food, culture, and hot spots. While each summit is unique in terms of agenda, they all have three fundamental goals:
Help Ecosystem Builders connect with key peers and resources
Improve Ecosystem Builders' knowledge and best practices
Help Ecosystem Builders develop mission-critical skills

Visit the website to learn more about SCN and SCN Membership.