AimPOINT is a project designed to incubate, engage, and connect female veteran and female military spouse entrepreneurs in Washington DC. AimPOINT will do this by leveraging Capitol Post and its Bunker Labs DC’s startup program and annual one-day event, The Muster DC. Through AimPOINT, we want to increase the number of female, veteran-owned startups and improve their outcomes, access to capital, mentor networks and access to the DC startup and business community. AimPOINT’s staff is comprised solely of female military and business leaders making us uniquely qualified to assist and mentor these empowered women.
I founded Heaven Sent 123 in order to assist single homeless mothers become individually stable, as well as improve and unify the community. My goal is to open a home to decrease the recurring homeless statistics in the city, by taking in mother's and children while hosting different programs to enhance their ability to live on their own (counseling, workforce development and much more). I would like to purchase school supplies for children, host a thanksgiving for those single mother families that do not have anywhere to go for the holidays, as well as sponsor single-mother families for Christmas.
The Holiday Hustle Workroom & Showroom is a program for entrepreneurial hustlers and conscientious shoppers. In the workroom, up to 30 hustlers receive technical assistance, resources for funding, social media, and marketing training to learn how to turn their passion into a profit. Approximately 6 weeks later, the hustlers then take what they learned from the Workroom into the Showroom- a unique shopping experience where the hustlers and shoppers do more than make sales. The workroom training happens over 4 days and includes a media day with professional photography. The total cost of the program is $300 per hustler.
After speaking with women business owners in various stages of business about their unmet needs, we discovered they want an efficient way to gain specific insight for their business, regardless of industry and experience, from successful women business owners. We propose a 3-hour Mentorship Roadshow, taking place 2-3 times a year at different locations in Washington, DC. Participants will spend 20-30 minutes with mentors discussing issues specific to their businesses. A website will provide information about mentors, events, post testimonials, and distribute Wisdom Cards, a card deck that capture the most valuable insight from each event.
The Doers is a members-only organization for DC-based women entrepreneurs that have been in business for at least 3 years, meet criteria based requirements and started their business before the age of 30. Networking is such a buzz-word, it's hit or miss. The purpose of The Doers is to bring together women for strategic networking that leads to inter-organization business AND learning opportunities in niche events called Doers Workshops. The Doers capitalizes upon already-existing programs, organizations and resources like Beacon, General Assembly and WeWork. The mission of The Doers is not just to nurture growth but to accelerate the learning that goes along with scaling your business.
The Emerging Businesswomen’s Program is an entrepreneurship development initiative to decrease barriers that disproportionately impact businesswomen of color. A CBE Collective advisory board has been assembled to decrease those obstacles by sharing best practices in a series workshops and webinars on financial literacy, access to capital, technology and operations solutions. Funding will be used to provide scholarships to cover business incorporation costs and events to inspire entrepreneurs. Community College Preparatory Academy is a 501c(3) adult public charter school. Its mission is to provide education and skills development to empower under-credited adults for post-secondary education.
Fiber With A Cause is a training program for fiber artists who desire to turn their passion for knitting, crochet and/or weaving into a profitable and sustainable creative business career. GOAL: Fiber with A Cause will provide a new face to women in business that consists of the master fiber artist business owners and entrepreneurs in the DC Metropolitan area.
Zawadi Arts has been in operation for 25 years. It's owner Irene Whalen began the shop with the aim of selling high quality contemporary and traditional African arts and crafts and supporting women artists in Africa and the U.S. (primarily sole proprietor jewelers, clothing and housewares manufacturers). Zawadi Arts has achieved that goal over the past two decades and is planning the future with the aim of expanding and broadening its artists and client base by: (1) Adding a female executive with a design and marketing background; and, (2) expanding the number of female African-American artists providing exceptional products to the store.
The Create& Scholarship Program provides 16 D.C.-based female entrepreneurs with a scholarship to attend a hands-on, one-day design sprint workshop. This workshop will teach participants how to facilitate a design sprint (similar to what a coding school does to teach women to code). It gives them a taste of the process, and they learn by doing, through a sprint challenge question we pose to all participants, rather than a unique challenge specific to their companies. The five-step process will help answer critical business questions through radical collaboration, rapid prototyping, and creative problem-solving.
FranciePants seeks to offer free sewing classes to female entrepreneurs. Once certified, sewing artist entrepreneurs are matched with their first client: FranciePants 100% cotton womens underwear, who make beautiful, empowering garments to fit women of all sizes. FranciePants offers sewing artist entrepreneurs a flexible and well-paid contract to sew on their schedule, from home or a training center, while balancing other priorities. FranciePants encourages and supports sewing artist entrepreneurs to use the skills they receive and money they make to start their own sewing/fashion related businesses by offering ongoing mentorship and access to skilled sewing instructors.
“You can’t be what you can’t see.” Let’s ensure teenage girls can see their potential. On International Day of the Girl (Oct 11), we want to bring together innovators across industries to empower teenage girls worldwide. We are Memunatu Magazine, a nonprofit that focuses on innovative content to increase girl’s career potential and life skills. With inspiring speakers, engaging activities, and an opportunity for long-term impact, Memunatu’s International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to bring stories to life. Building on our inaugural event in 2016, we can inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The District 202 supports revitalization of East of the River communities by activating underutilized commercial space and creating opportunities for local women entrepreneurs to test their retail concept. This initiative creates an environment that engages customers and confirms East of the River communities as a vibrant, urban space ready for long term investment. It will increase the number of minority investors, improve and expand local community enterprise resource programs, and further develop mentorship and networking opportunities.
wPOWER operates under a guiding principle that women have critical roles to play across the entire clean energy value chain. wPOWER, therefore maintains that modern energy services provision, increased and efficient use of new and renewable energy resources, and reliance on advanced energy technologies necessitates the direct involvement of women as entrepreneurs, innovators, decision-makers, and policy practitioners. To date, wPOWER has empowered a world-wide network of women clean energy entrepreneurs who work in rural underserved areas in the Global South. This has enabled greater and easier access to clean energy information and products available to rural communities.
We are launching a new project to support female entrepreneurs with an entrepreneurship curriculum, regular events and network. We will provide a safe space to test ideas, meet potential teammates and further develop ideas into businesses. We are creating opportunities for women to learn hard and soft skills to support their businesses. We are also exposing participants to the concept of social impact entrepreneurship to create triple bottom line businesses.
TechMoxie will sponsor 12 low-income women in geographic areas underrepresented by women-owned businesses for a six-class course in Digital and Social Media Literacy. Digital and social media literacy has become essential for entrepreneurs. The availability of online tools to build websites, market our businesses through social media and raise capital through crowdsourcing has created huge opportunities but also great challenges. Those who find technology daunting may find themselves shut out of opportunities for both entrepreneurism as well as employment.
As one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S. and the driving force behind a trillion dollar purchasing power, Latinas are redefining success and proving that when we invest in them, we invest in a global economy. It is critical to support Hispanic women entrepreneurs. Latina Connect is a cross-cultural program that seeks to inspire, connect and support aspiring Latina female (girls and women) entrepreneurs in DC, Maryland and Virginia, using a proven methodology that combines mentoring, training, coaching, networking, and communications activities. This program aims to connect Latinas to African and Asian American women-owned businesses in the DC, MD and VA area.
B.A.B.E.S. in the Workplace will create the first Sexual Harassment Safe Space using cutting edge technology that will allow dialogue to take place and allow women to start the healing process.The App will utilize strategies and information provided in The B.A.B.E.’s Guide to assist women in reporting and documenting inappropriate behavior.
Create& is committed to empowering D.C.-based female entrepreneurs through human-centered design. Create& will facilitate a three-day design sprint for five diverse, female entrepreneurs from five out of the eight D.C. Wards. The sprint will help solve a particular business question and provide them with high-fidelity prototypes that have been validated by user feedback. The five-step process answers critical business questions through radical collaboration, rapid prototyping, and creative problem-solving.
Established in 1964, The Washington Informer, an African American, woman owned business has transitioned from a weekly print newspaper to an online website, e-newsletter and daily social media content producer that now includes video content. This grant will allow us to purchase equipment, train young women on the techniques of podcasting, and to develop a podcast series addressing issues impacting women entrepreneurs in collaboration with women-led organizations.
An inspiring portrait and storytelling project telling the stories of 10 "boss women" here in D.C. on how they view their careers, and how they stay balanced. These stories would fit well within our current "Interviews" series, which is the most popular piece of content on our blog. By focusing exclusively on women entrepreneurs in D.C., we hope to raise their profiles and stories of entrepreneurship to our audience of over 10,000 highly engaged millennial women, and ultimately support their business or career. After the last profile has been published, we plan to hold a gathering celebrating these women, with a fireside chat panel with a few of them so that our readers can also interact.
Having a background in tech (coding, computer science, data analytics) should not determine whether or not a female founder can create a tech or tech-enabled company. It can often be an intimidating process transitioning from idea-stage to creating a viable MVP to reach your first customers. This roadmap will empower female entrepreneurs to identify DC resources to help them create a tech product and navigate the entrepreneurship landscape as a non-technical founder. The roadmap targets female entrepreneurs who have already validated their market are ready to create, test, and launch their product/solution or service.
The BEACON fund will cover the cost of women entrepreneurs to participate in our 12-week Evening Program focused exclusively on social entrepreneurs who are building products, services, and technologies that impact lives. Through an intensive social impact curriculum, mentor matching, and culminating pitch night, the evening program helps advance business ideas that lead to social impact. 49% of SEED SPOT alumni are female founders, 45% are minority.
Springboard 2000 Enterprises Inc. will partner with four DC-based women’s service organizations to produce four helpful, feedback-driven pitch sessions for aspiring entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. Dolphin Tanks ® aren’t about sharks or competing for the best idea – they’re about channeling the expertise of the people in the room. Dolphin Tanks are interactive discussions led by an expert panel focused on one thing: “How can we help?” The objective is to provide connections to resources and the community that supports entrepreneurs.
Girls Groove is a music technology project designed for inner city teenage girls between the ages of 13-18 years old designed to introduce them to the recording arts profession that is mostly male dominated. The workshops will be held either after school or during the weekends. In the workshops, the girls will learning recording basics and will create music using music recording software. The workshops will culminate in a performance for the community. The Girls Groove program will sometimes partner with Chords of Courage, a nonprofit organization that focuses on writing songs about people of courage.
The LAB & LOVE Festival is an interactive arts, wellness, and entertainment event inviting diverse communities to engage with artists, workshops, and enjoy exciting local vendors. Marrying community development and diverse arts, this festival unites residents with businesses, neighborhoods with communities, and fitness with fun. Held in the Ivy City neighborhood, located in the Ward 5 community of Washington, DC, the LAB & LOVE Festival encourages attendees to test, experiment, and explore varied ways to be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. BEACON funds will be used to support women artists and entertainers for the event.
The Possibilities Seminar is a personal and professional development workshop designed to increase conscious awareness and the understanding of the power of choice in leading one's life. Participants learn to become an observer of their own cognitive processes, allowing them to see new opportunities for effective action every day. They will develop valuable leadership capabilities by learning to take ownership in their own lives, communicate more effectively and build better relationships with themselves and others. The BEACON grant would sponsor 12 women entrepreneurs to participate in this seminar and experience the training.
Each year, over 400 women come to Byte Back to learn tech at all levels, from beginner skills to industry-recognized certifications. For many of these women, this is the first step on their path to starting a business. They leave Byte Back with the ability and confidence to enter the male-dominated tech sector, start their own business, and/or continue to higher-level tech training. By pairing our students with mentors and three workshops on entrepreneurship over the course of the year, with support from Beacon even more women will have the skills to begin businesses in DC.
Returning Women Who Enterprise is a cohort structured financial literacy and entrepreneurship program designed to aid women returning to their communities to build financial independence, and achieve entrepreneurial success. The program utilizes an original curriculum that provides financial planning tools and resources to promote entrepreneurship education. The program additionally uses community learning to ensure the development of soft and technical skills while participants re-adjust to society. Childcare is also provided to all participants.
The Women's Trauma Sensitivity, Self Care and Entrepreneurial Training for DC-Based Yoga and Meditation Instructors is a project collaboration between Yoga2Sleep, LLC and Yoga Activist, Inc. that will train business minded women to share wellness techniques with other women in their communities with limited access and with under-served populations. The Beacon grant will help to cover the costs to be able to offer this program for free to the women who are dedicated to sharing yoga and meditation with diverse D.C. communities while building their own wellness brand.
Tech Lady Hackathon is an annual free one-day event that provides training, workshops, and civic hacking projects for DC area women that work, or aspire to work, in tech. This year will be the fifth Tech Lady Hackathon. Trainings and workshops cover a range of topics at beginner and intermediate levels including data science, frontend and backend programming. We also offer workshops on professional advancement and overcoming unique challenges faced by women in tech. It’s more than just skill building, though. It is meant as a day to inspire, empower, and build community.
District Mugs introduces entrepreneurship and business concepts to DC's homeless community by teaching them how to design, market and sell coffee mugs. We conduct weekly teaching and designing workshops and organize pop-up sales where the mugs are marketed and sold.n the past, we have conducted weekend pop-ups at reputed stores such as West Elm and Pottery Barn, art fairs such as the George Washington University Annual Art Fair, and restaurants such as Mellow Mushroom and sold our mugs for $10 each.
The Modish Moms™ Vision Fund helps us provide events and resources to support local moms. These events will provide millennial moms with information on career consultation, entrepreneurship, building brands, parenting tools, self-care for moms, networking, workshops with esteemed speakers and much more. We would like to host Modish Moms Meet Ups where we meet monthly with goal-getter women who learn and grow businesses together. We want to create a community of supportive women, who are balancing motherhood and building brands. We want to support those women who are trying and who are proving that being a MOMpreneur is possible.
The Hissing Black Cat Theater Company, through its Den project, will open space for new creative entrepreneurs that identify as women of color and single mothers. These participants will receive brick and mortar retail exposure for their brands and self-care, stress management and practical living techniques that will allow each participant to properly grow as entrepreneurs while maintaining a healthy mental and spiritual work/life balance. In addition, to professional development support, the HBC will employ lessons on creative therapy methods, workshops and support group opportunities.
o 2% of all venture capital funding went to female led businesses in 2016 (less than 1% goes to African American or Hispanic women). We can change that and move towards a more inclusive economy. o Our target: the next generation of women with a conscious intention to include African American, Hispanic, physically challenged and LGTQI women. o Halcyon, EDENS and Union Market will bring together business owners from DC and beyond, for networking, active work sessions, a crash course in operations, shared business tips and tricks. o WE Capital will host a pitch competition for funding and advisory opportunities.
The Queen B.E.E. (Businesswomen’s Economic Empowerment) Program inspires, prepares and provisions women to participate in the economic leadership of their communities and the prosperity of the DC CBE business community.  We’ve assembled experienced professionals to serve as capacity partners to help startups overcome impediments to business formation and the achievement of diversity supplier certifications. Convening professionals who donate (pro bono) and discount services will expedite and strengthen the chances of reaching CBE certification status and increase the quality of the planning, guidance and funding of these woman owned startups within the D.C. government and business community
iCONiQ Style is a women owned Fashion and Tech company based in D.C. Our mission is to teach women in underserved communities in Ward 7 and 8 about coding, technology, and careers in fashion. These are growing fields in the DC area that certain communities are under represented and left behind. iCONiQ plans to empower women by teaching them the skills they need to develop a successful business through the use technology which will allow them to reach customers nationally. A new opportunity for the next generation of women entrepreneurs.
Chloe Residential provides short term housing for women entrepreneurs and artists. The 4 bedrooms (with a maximum 3 month lease) are affordable and beautiful.  Additionally, our space will be furnished through partnerships with women “makers and finders”. The space is safe, inclusive, and offers affordable rooms on a sliding scale basis. Chloe Residential, reduces travel and lodging costs for visiting and local entrepreneurs. Guests will be connected with like-minded individuals, and plugged into a network that fosters new business opportunity, professional development, and support. 
Peglu is the most convenient way to have your packages delivered, on your schedule. We are a tech startup that provides concierge package delivery for local residents to help combat package theft, improve parcel tracking, and eliminate the time inconveniences associated with package delivery. Our service also decreases mail storage costs for property firms and developers. Consider us your personal package concierge. We are seeking funds to develop a mobile application to compliment our current web app to easily and seamlessly manage and track package deliveries for our members.
Cureate Connect is a platform for local makers to acquire new business. We are building a "Featured Product" function, where businesses can create public landing pages with the ability for consumers to directly purchase goods. We will gather product testimonials to provide additional clout about your business for larger buyers and consumers alike. Through our partners like Think Local First and Beacon, we will reach a wider set of consumers to market your products with these bespoke pages. Over 56% of our businesses are women-owned, which will be to whom we roll out this new feature. We're committed to increasing access to opportunity, and stable cash flow.
BUILD Metro DC has created a unique four-year experiential program that combines entrepreneurship, college and career readiness, and high-touch mentorship for high school students. Through BUILD’s Entrepreneurship and College Readiness program, students work in teams, write business plans, conduct market assessments, budget, manufacture, and sell products. At the end of the year, students pitch their ideas to corporate investors at our Business Plan Competition to win seed money to bring their products to life. BUILD’s program has proven successful in not only inspiring young women, but getting students to graduate from high school on time and enroll in college.
Cureate Connect is a platform for local makers to acquire new business. We want to expand the scope of our functionality to include service businesses, in addition to product-based businesses. The Small Business Services Toolkit will allow service providers (admin, financial, creative, professional) to create profiles and receive Requests for Proposals from both product-based small businesses, and larger buyers on Cureate Connect. Service businesses must meet one of two criteria: small business with less than 10 employees or designated services for small businesses. Working with Beacon, we will target woman-owned businesses to increase # of new business opportunities shared within community.
The Miss Media Conference is a one day conference that educates and empowers young women of color to develop creative and critical skills in the media arts and connects them to local women of color media entrepreneurs. Young women will increase their awareness of the media's power and its messages as well as work to create their own media. Throughout the day, they will build sisterhood and receive direct mentorship from creative female entrepreneurs within the DC area. Miss Media encourages young women to become content creators through creative activism, mentorship, entrepreneurship, community engagement and celebrates creative women entrepreneurs working in the community.
The Latina Impact Fund is a not for profit organization incorporated in DC dedicated to advancing leadership & economic opportunity for women & girls of color. Through combined research and experience of the 2 founders,they have a deep understanding of how profoundly gender influences the challenges faced by females, & the solutions needed for the advancement to the success of more women. Our program is designed to educate women with training, support & connections to take concepts from idea to scale. Our mission is to create and empower Women givers that will invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Pineapple DC is a community for women in food that connects the good food movement with the foodie world to create a better food system. After launching 2 years ago, we have grown to >7k women. Women We Pine For will allow us to promote the great work of more women in DC (e.g. farmers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, etc) through our curated and well-attended events, and thus, reaching more women interested in their work. Our goal is to expand our community, provide more resources to them, including a series on Building and Funding Your Business, and relaunch our website with a component that makes it easier to facilitate new business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
Girls Who Enterprise is a boot camp that allows for young multicultural women ages 12-18 from low-income households to learn how they can be young business women and teenpreneurs (teen entrepreneurs).The youth in this program will explore entrepreneurship through collaborating and cultivating their leadership skills, business acumen, and bright business ideas. They will work through self-actualization modules to develop their business ideas, develop a business plan, and participate in a culminating pitch competition.
A Capital Idea. Washington, DC is an incubator for ideas just waiting to hatch. But, we need more visible female role models. By uncovering hidden stories of “DC’s own", we'll inspire emerging entrepreneurs to become business builders. A Capital Idea is a hardcover book created by Quotabelle, with our publisher, that spotlights 50 of DC’s female founders. We’ll capture uncommon wisdom alongside founders' stories, compiled in a smart, beautiful, Instagram-worthy book. Sold in brick + mortar retail shops, online and via corporate orders, the book will be gifted to graduates and new entrepreneurs, used in classrooms and workshops, and proudly shared by DC's city and business leaders.
Netwalking, LLC creates unique meeting experiences by facilitating group walks during meetings and conference breakouts. We facilitate the opportunity to engage, connect, energize and spark creativity to move your organization and event toward success. The BEACON grant would completely fund 12 women-entrepreneur attendees through a one-year commitment to netwalking complete with follow-up assignments. A different topic will be covered each month and all routes will be ADA compliant.
The Cee Smith Media Group Micro Grant for LGBTQ entrepreneurs is a grant of $1,000 awarded to five ventures in the arts and/or creative sector that innovate beyond the status quo and serve the queer community. Examples could include, but would not be limited to, event series, festivals, music or film production, publishing, and creative-driven startups. LGBTQ applications of color will be prioritized. As part of applicant preparation and raising awareness and education for D.C.-based LGBTQ entrepreneurs-- grantees and generally-- the micro grant project additionally consists of a pipeline-style, intensive weekend program, or Hustle Camp, pre-application window.
Moms Who Enterprise is a cohort structured financial literacy and entrepreneurship program designed to help single moms take their finances and businesses to the next level. Utilizing the Walker’s Legacy Foundation (WLF) Mobile App, the program leverages both online and in-person learning model that provides access to financial planning tools and business education. Ranging from the beautician working out of her house, to the auto-mechanic with her own business, Moms Who Enterprise meets women where they are and enhances their business acumen to promote economic equity in their communities. Childcare is also provided to all participants.
In partnership with Sip & Sew DC, Nubian Hueman is putting forth an initiative to accelerate eight Ward 7 & 8 girls (ages 10 to 14) to build their skills and understanding of the fashion industry. The outline is an (8) week crash course on sewing, manufacturing, marketing, merchandising, and retail management. Our goal is to teach young women there is more to the fashion business than modeling and shopping by learning from some of the area's female industry leaders. The final project will include a marketing presentation and pop up at Nubian Hueman of a product they have created and developed.
Join DICE in an interactive training on gender biases within the boardroom and beyond. Our DICE Empowerment Experience combines two popular DICE tools, the Idea Lab and Café Conversation, to leverage diverse perspectives and build collaborative communities. This training demonstrates the power of moving from focused conversation to idea-generated action planning. We welcome women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development to help them increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness to deal with biases and stereotypes. Participants leave with a better understanding of their role in championing inclusion and actionable steps to combat bias.
Though the BEACON grant, Zora & Amelia will run a promotion campaign to showcase the Zora & Amelia site and identify 15 new female entrepreneurs to purchase items to resell on the Zora & Amelia site. These entrepreneurs could either already have a product on the market, or be women with a product/artwork idea they have not yet sold before. The grant funds will allow Zora & Amelia to purchase products up front for resell on the store, and to promote the women's work through 15 in-person and virtual events to sell their items and other offerings on the Zora & Amelia site. Events will be held in every ward in DC with a partnering women-owned business.
We are African American female triplets in Washington, DC. We have seen the shortage of pop up spaces in DC. Our passion is to create the ultimate pop up and event location in our community. We believe African American, especially women should have the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. With our building we would be able to create platforms for others to showcase their ideas and turn them into reality. Our dream is to own a warehouse where we host events such as healthy cooking classes, workout classes, pop ups, summer camps, motivational conferences, etc. God Bless
The D.C. metro area is fertile ground for new and existing women-owned businesses to flourish, but often some of the most promising businesses go unnoticed. Get Found_Get Funded is a dynamic podcast dedicated to creating brand awareness and visibility for female entrepreneurs who want to accelerate connections with customers and investors. This podcast highlights brilliant businesswomen, their exceptional products and services, and gives expert PR tips and funding advice to increase opportunities to get their story out to the right audience. The podcast will be a voice for the female entrepreneurs and female-led businesses who fly under the radar.
The Black upStart will launch a Black Women Entrepreneurs School administered over three weeks to 10 African-American women residing in Washington, DC. The program cohort will learn how to raise capital to fund their business, brainstorm a business idea, develop a business canvas and pitch their product. Unlike similar programs, Black women entrepreneurs will learn from Black female faculty, use a Black entrepreneurship curricula, pitch to Black retailers and graduate having launched a Black-owned business adequately resourced through a small business grant.
#BFF is a membership organization and global community based in DC. Formed more than a year ago, #BFF has retained 1,000+ members internationally. We have initiated our programming in the DC area due to the need and opportunities for women of color. We recently launched our #BFF Labs program and recognize that pre-acceleration for women of color is a critical resource. We are seeking funding for the Labs to offset the costs of 12-15 women of color to participate in an 8-week program where they learn from expert instructors, receive mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, and advance their business from idea to implementation.
The DC Consult project will provide two-hour workshops in all four quadrants of the city, to women entrepreneurs, who are thinking of becoming consultants. The workshop is a Consultant's 101 which covers and gets participants to consider defining one's brand, marketing, networking, and back office functions of running a business- setting rates, book keeping, legal and finance. The sessions are small by design, with up to 15 women, so that participants can continue to network and support one another after the work shop concludes. With four workshops, MindFarm will have trained 60 women as potential consultants in the DC area.
FFDC will pair one youth (aspiring entrepreneur) with one older entrepreneur in each of DC's eight wards to complete a year long, four step, innovative business project and debut a finished product to sell in our spring pop up store. Each pair will be mentored and guided by an established creative entrepreneur within the FFDC community, of each ward, who will provide financial resources. The 4 steps include market research and surveying the local ward, creating the concept for a product the pair is passionate about - and also sustainably made and important to the community, testing the product in the market, and finally hosting an event and debuting the product at our spring pop up store.
In honor of Christian Heurich’s legacy as an entrepreneur who supported local craft artisans, the Heurich House Museum creates retail opportunities and provides low- or no-cost studio work space to mid-level local craft entrepreneurs throughout the year. We would like to launch a new program aimed at accelerating the businesses of emerging female craftspeople – talented artisans who desire to turn their craft into a business but have not been able to do so on their own. We will offer start-up capital, free work space, business consulting, and mentor-ships to emerging female craftspeople.
The Nomad Yard model disrupts the trend of independent retail in Washington, D.C. by lowering the barriers to entry and growth for vintage businesses. By offering retail space, a full-time sales team, merchandising, distribution, branding services, and its own retail outlets, it is a one-stop-shop for everything an existing or launching vintage business needs. Grant funding will be used to secure a qualified operations manager who will support with fundraising and development efforts leading to the relaunch of the Nomad Yard retail incubator. At our peak, we supported 41 micro-businesses and our goal is to now support 20 micro-businesses within a proposed 2200 sq. ft. space.
Creative Crush is a 12-part video interview series featuring 12 different diverse, female, creative entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. Each episode will share the story of a creative entrepreneur and give a peak at a day-in the-life, the windy-road to entrepreneurism, tips and resources for other entrepreneurs. The series will air on our YouTube channel and have an accompanying blog post and Instagram series. The series will provide the entrepreneurs with professional photography and video clips that they can use for their own branding and marketing. We’ll make sure diverse, female creatives are also behind the camera to produce the series.
What if we could inspire a generation of girls to see themselves as food sheroes in our communities? Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA), a DC-based nonprofit organization, is cultivating the next generation of female healthy food entrepreneurs who can combat the food and health challenges in the District of Columbia through education, advocacy and innovation. During the WANDA Weekend Experience, girls (Little WANDAs) work in teams with support of coaches (Big WANDAs) to develop food and wellness-themed ventures in the hackathon-style competition. Also, we offer the WANDA’s World toolkits with girl-centered food leadership curriculum and online community support.
ReCreative Spaces provides spaces for artists and entrepreneurs to create, develop, and connect. Our proposed initiative includes a new program for female creative entrepreneurs to have access to work and retail space, and also includes technical assistance in the form of coaching, marketing, and administrative support.
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For The Spectrum Circle to create and facilitate two Leadership Bootcamps for Women Entrepreneurs in DC. The bootcamps will focus on two key topics: Authentic Leadership & Springboard to Success for Women Business Owners. The grant funds will be used to assist in programmatic cost including speakers, facility, and publishing of training materials. The bootcamps will also be available via webinar for future viewing.
Help us back women of color entrepreneurs to own their own buildings and run successful businesses. A BEACON grant will allow us to host a fair for over 250 women with sessions on entrepreneurship, buying your own building and growing your customer base. With your support we can back women of color entrepreneurs to build intentional community, buy and invest together and create economic development infrastructure in our communities. Help us by voting today!
The Plum Good Business Exchange is a series of webinars and forums designed for product & service bartering. It encourages and supports women entrepreneurs to create, sustain, enhance, market and grow their businesses on a tight budget! Participants across the District will be able to advertise their businesses, and their own competencies/products that they are willing to exchange for those being traded by their counterparts. There is no capital exchanged, only bartering of goods/services to increase access to needed resources previously out of reach due to insufficient finances. By attending the forums and webinars women will gain new networks and business opportunities.
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