Surdna Foundation Collaborates with US Small Business Administration on Webinar Series to Help Women of Colour Entrepreneurs
The Surdna Foundation’s Inclusive Economies Program and U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership announced a three-part webinar series to support women of colour entrepreneurs and business owners.
The webinar series, which begins on October 31, will provide women entrepreneurs with more resources and learning opportunities as they establish and build their businesses.
The webinars will feature lessons from experienced thinkers and doers who will help women of colour who want to start their own businesses figure out how to do so. They will give entrepreneurs information about the SBA and other programmes that can help them with resources and technical help.
Patrice R. Green, Director of the Inclusive Economies Programme at the Surdna Foundation, said:
"We are proud to work with the Small Business Administration on this webinar series that shares the wisdom and lessons of Surdna's visionary grantee partners. We hope that this series will help women of colour who own businesses find the resources they need to grow their businesses, learn from each other, and keep going even though our economy has long been biased against people of colour. Our goal is to help these entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of running a business so they can do what they do best: create new jobs, invigorate communities, and deliver outstanding products and services.”
Monday’s session, taking place from 1:00–3:00 p.m. EST, will spotlight resources for Latinx and Hispanic women business owners. Each webinar after this one will focus on the experiences of and support for different communities that have been underserved in the past. The webinars are free, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. The upcoming webinar schedule is as follows:
October 31, 2022: Supporting Hispanic/Latinx Women’s Businesses featuring Surdna’s Patrice R. Green and SBA’s Donald Smith moderating a panel discussion between Lauren Maillian of digitalundivided, Marla Bilonick of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, and Eduardo Gonzalez of the Office of Community & Economic Development at Fresno State, with special remarks from Mark Madrid of the SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development.
Please register here to attend
November 30, 2022: Women Investors and Capital Access
December 15, 2022: Black Community Anchor Institutions
Donald M. Smith, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA, said:
"Small business owners are pillars of our communities and key drivers of our economy. The SBA's leadership and national team live out our mission every day by working together to support small businesses and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in every community. The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is proud to partner with the Surdna Foundation on this critical initiative to expand and deliver necessary resources to foster the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy, especially those who have been historically under-served or excluded.”