Supporting Our Local Veteran-Owned Businesses

November 15, 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.



Honoring Veterans and
Military Families

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month and this month, we take the time to honor Veteran small business owners and the many contributions they make to our community. With Veteran’s Day approaching and as we collectively honor those who have served and their families, we challenge you to acknowledge and support local Veteran-owned businesses in Durham and the Triangle. 


Make Meaningful Connections 

November 2nd Pull-Up at Provident event.

Our November 2nd Pull-Up at Provident event featured a workshop presented by NC Veterans Business Association and The Joel Fund, where we had the opportunity to hear stories directly from Veteran-owned businesses and the organizations that support them.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 5pm for another chance to connect with other Durham-based founders and aspiring small business owners. 


Workshop session topics include: 

Essential Business Banking Strategies, Presented by Infinity Bridges Inc.
Let's Chat: Legal Considerations Affecting Business, Presented by the NCCU School of Business
Local Lender Offerings, moderated by Patrick Rodriguez from the SBA
How to Build a Great Business Website, Presented by Durham Tech Small Business Center
Special Holiday Edition 2022 gold sealHoliday Market

Our December 7th Pull-Up event will feature a special Holiday Market, where you can browse products and services of local businesses in the E3 Durham program.

Interested in hosting a table? Fill out the form to apply.
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:
NCCU School of Business
The North Carolina Central University School of Business. Image courtesy of

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

Spoke partner The North Carolina Central University School of Business delivers high-impact undergraduate and graduate business education programs through innovative teaching, relevant scholarship and academic service-learning.

We are excited to have The NCCU School of Business 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 NCCU School of Business!

“I understand that Black economic autonomy and collective wealth-building are essential components to ending the dominant narrative that is juxtaposed to the truth that, at a point in recent history, Black communities across this country were self-sufficient and thriving. I believe that Forward Cities is a tool that can be mobilized to help that goal become a reality once again. “
- Deryle Daniels, Jr. 
Read Deryle’s Meet the E3 Durham Team interview.

“I think it is important to create a genuine community to ensure that people feel valued, cared for, and supported. Being an entrepreneur, dreamer, or creative is a uniquely challenging journey. People need to know they are not alone and have a place of refuge to be safe. Freedom to fall down but also help get back up. “
- Tyra Wade
Read Tyra’s Meet the E3 Durham Team interview.

E3 Durham Entrepreneur
of the Month

Vince and Sheba Brown, founders of APlus Test Prep. Photo courtesy of APlus Test Prep.

Vince and Sheba Brown started APlus Test Prep in 2011, and as both teachers at heart and parents of teenagers, enjoy working with high school students to help them see the value of education and high test scores.

Their team of certified test prep instructors is equipped to provide academic tutoring services and standardized test prep. While they primarily focus on ACT and SAT test prep for high school students, APlus Test Prep also assists undergraduate students and prospective teachers as professional tutors.

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

News and Announcements

LaunchDURHAM Graduation Ceremony
On November 10, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, Helius and Audacity Labs will be holding the 2022 LaunchDURHAM graduation ceremony for 30 small businesses. The event is open to the public and will be held in partnership with the Durham Bottling Company, 506 Ramseur Street in Durham NC. In addition to a celebration of some of the best up-and-coming businesses in the Triangle, the event will be the official unveiling of Helius and Audacity Labs’ new name and mission.

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

NC IDEA Ecosystem Summit 2022
NC IDEA will host its annual Ecosystem Summit on November 14-15, 2022 in Winston-Salem, NC during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This year’s Summit, themed “To Be Rather Than to Seem”, will prominently feature ECOSYSTEM partners and their work to equitably strengthen our economy. 

Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition 2022 | The Big Launch Challenge, a competition targeting the best startups in the country, is a unique opportunity to see 10 leading startups as they compete for $15,000 in prize money. 

Dolphin Tank: Health Tech In The Triangle | Dolphin Tank events showcase exciting women-led companies and provide them with the opportunity for connections, capital and insight from an audience of investors, advisors and industry leaders.