Together, We Have Achieved So Much

December 20, 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.



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Together, We Have Achieved So Much

Over the past year, the E3 Durham Community Navigator Project has offered a chance to do something new with our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Rather than individual providers and resources operating in isolation, we have created a space where entrepreneurs are better connected to one another, to the organizations who exist to help them thrive, and to the business resources that will allow them to grow.

We have reached some amazing milestones. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve accomplished this year!

  • 150+ entrepreneurs enrolled in the E3 Durham program

  • 160+ guidance and counseling hours dedicated to helping entrepreneurs prioritize their needs and find the right counselor

  • 300+ hours providing direct 1-1 counseling services

  • 35 Pull-Up @ Provident workshops providing access to education and resources to over 200 attendees

  • 5 LaunchDURHAM cohort programs delivered by Spoke partner Echo

Thank you for being part of the E3 Durham community, for showing up, and for joining the effort to create a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem in Durham. We are excited for what’s to come in 2023! Until then, take a look back at some of our stories and see what we’ve accomplished together.


Pull-Up With Us!

Holiday Market at the December 7th Pull-Up at Provident event.

This month’s Pull-Up was a wonderful mix of festive and fun, with the Holiday Market taking center stage. Ten E3 Durham businesses showcased their products and services and with a stellar list of workshops, it was a PU@P to remember!

You don’t want to miss out, so join us next month on Wednesday, January 4, 2022 at 5pm for another chance to connect with other Durham-based founders and aspiring small business owners.


Workshop session topics include:


Spoke Spotlight:
Congratulations Echo!

Helius and Audacity Labs have merged to become ECHO! This new organization takes the best of both previous iterations to become a stronger force in the fight for social mobility through entrepreneurship.

Spoke partner Echo will use a multi-generational, long-term approach to help entrepreneurs, both established and prospective, to learn the basics of business, build strategic plans, engage strong community mentors, and find the necessary funding needed to be a thriving, self-sustainable business.


E3 Durham Entrepreneur
of the Month

a man in a white lab coat standing at a counter pouring something into a container

Dr. Keith Hersey, owner of Hersey Pharmacy. Photo courtesy of @herseypharmacy.

Dr. Keith Hersey is the owner of Hersey Pharmacy, an alternative to the big box chains in the Durham/Chapel Hill area. With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, the Hersey’s opened their pharmacy in 2019 where they aim to “put the personal touch back in the community pharmacy, where the pharmacist knows you and your family by name, not as a number.”


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