BGV Office Hours with Anika Hobbs

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200 I Street SE, Suite 1800

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The more we get together the more successful we'll be!

Black Girl VIsion Office Hours creates a space for women entrepreneurs to brainstorm, work independently or ask questions of other women entrepreneurs. Donations from this event will be added to the Vision Fund to help a women of color realize her dream!

In college, you may visit a professor for office hours and they have a Teacher's Assistant often referred to as a "TA." Well we have experts that will be available for Black Girl Vision Office Hours that we call our "Entreprenuer Assistant" which we will refer to as an EA.

Our EA for this week is Anika Hobbs.

Before graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Environmental Design (Interior), Anika Hobbs looked to become an architect. Yet with the need for immediate employment, she joined one of the world’s leading fashion-retail companies at its earliest stages in the United States. There, her interest in the convergence of architecture, business, and fashion ignited her career into visual merchandising. Less than three years later she developed into a District-level

​Manager overseeing the New England, Upstate New York, and Mid-Atlantic ​locations. The journey led to an opportunity to join a special team focused on opening and revitalizing stores throughout the US, Canada, and the brand's first store in Shanghai, China. Anika's personal mission, work experience, along with travels to ​various countries within Africa, Central America, Asia, and Europe, developed her understanding of community service, customer service, and design. Upon leaving her fashion career, she launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor, Nubian Hueman.

Nubian Hueman, located in the heart of Historic Anacostia, features cultural goods along with art of various mediums. Their talented designers bring ethnic influences to modern silhouettes and product lines by using traditional patterns or ingredients. Nubian Hueman concentrates on (but is not exclusive to) brands and artists that provide growth opportunities and/or a portion of its proceeds to not-for-profit organizations, fair-trade, or socio-developmental causes. The space serves as a means to promote collective interaction, community development, and global responsibility through a fresh and artistic platform. Through the success of Nubian Hueman, which opened its brick-and-mortar store in 2013, Anika has spoken to students, aspiring entrepreneurs, and the like about entrepreneurship on platforms such as the Anacostia Community Smithsonian Museum, Bowie State University, radio stations, podcasts, and various panels. Nubian Hueman has been visited by Grammy Award winning artists, DC Mayors, Members of Congress, and recognized by President Barack Obama and Maria Contreras-Sweet of the Small Business Administration. In it's short life, Nubian Hueman was voted Best Clothing Boutique by Washington City Paper, featured in the Washington Post and Essence Magazine's Black Businesses to Shop, and has created on of DC's hottest events for Black creatives, The Black Love Experience.


What is Black GIrl Vision?
Black Girl Vision is crowdfunding meets pitch competition for women of color entrepreneurs. We host monthly workshops, seminars, coaching sessions and networking events. The admission fees from events create the "Vision Fund." Then we host a quarterly pitch competition where women of color can sign up to win seed funding for their business.

How does this work?
Your admission fee helps support women entrepreneurs! When you purchase a ticket to any Black Girl Vision event a portion goes into the “Vision Fund.”

What is the Vision Fund?
The Vision Fund helps a woman of color entrepreneur realize her dream! We host quarterly pitch competitions where women entrepreneurs can sign up to pitch their idea. The winner wins the Vision Fund, free business coaching, free t-shirts for their brand, a free accounting consultation and a free legal consultation. The Vision Fund consists of donations from three events – two monthly events and the admission from the pitch competition. We are also working on sponsors that will match funds to increase the amount of funding available for women of color entrepreneurs.

How do I apply to pitch?
Pitch Applications open up at least 30 days before the next pitch competition. Join our mailing list for announcements. The pitch application will be located on our website.

Who can attend?
Anyone can attend a pitch competition (regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender). Monthly events are for women ONLY. We strongly believe that inclusive safe space is one of the key factors in the advancement of women entrepreneurs.

What if I don’t want to pitch?
No worries! No pressure! The idea is to support black women-owned businesses with the funds raised from event admission. Pitching is NOT a requirement. The monthly events are centered around business development. By attending the pitch competition you are able to help decide on a winner by voting for the best pitch!

We hope that you will eventually pitch your business or idea and the funds raised at the event can help you get started! As the network evolves there will be opportunities to pitch directly to investors.

What if I haven’t started my business yet?
Having your business up and running is NOT a requirement. Black Girl Vision welcomes women in all stages of entrepreneurship.

Have a question you don’t see here? Email us at info@blackgirlvision.com

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