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Puget Sound-African Women in Business Forum.
Fri, April 7, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
African Women Business Alliance: Unleashing African Women's Economic Potential Through Entrepreneurship.
African Women Business Alliance was founded from the idea that a one-stop professional business development program can make an incredible impact when tailored towards the needs of African women immigrants, a market that has gone largely untapped in the greater Seattle area. Immigrants from all walks of life contribute significantly to our economy by starting businesses and helping our job market growth but they often lack adequate support and resources to sustain and scale their businesses to full potential. African immigrant women start businesses everyday and continue to survive in great hardship but with resilience and shared ingenuity. They face many barriers in navigating a system that is not designed for those with diverse backgrounds, and by creating uplifting platforms with tools and resources for these women we bring a wealth of unique experience and ingenuity to the Puget Sound economy. African Women Business Alliance mission is to provide African women immigrants with tools require to start, grow, and sustain a small business through professional business development training, one-on-one mentorship, networking, and access to seed capital.
The Puget Sound is a dynamic, multicultural, beautiful home to a diverse pool of people with great talents, resilience, and strength from all walks of life. The King County Demographics-Census Bureau of 2012 proved King County to be one of the most diverse counties in America, with half of its children being children of color and more than half of its population being immigrants (foreign born). The King County African immigrant population continues to rapidly grow, contributing to the social, economic, political, and cultural fabric of Washington State as a whole.
Women across the nation have made significant advances in the past several decades but continue to face adversity and inequities that often get in the way of their full potential in life. African Women Business Alliance is a macro movement working its mission by elevating and amplifying the voices of African women small business owners. To create long sustaining outcomes and holistically close existing gaps in gender and racial inequality in business development, African Women Business Alliance will work with community owned businesses, public institutions, nonprofit CBOs, and educational sectors in King County.
We invite you to come celebrate the launching of a progressive organization: African Women Business Alliance. We will also be presenting our Feasibility Report that highlights the need for this novel approach in addressing the toughest challenges and struggles faced by African Women entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound area.
Come be part of our new Macro Movement. Non-vegetarian and vegetarian dinner/refreshments will be served. Childcare available upon request: Please notify us a week in advance for childcare.
Tickets: $10.00. All proceeds to help with supplies and materials needed for our first small business development course starting in June. That said, we won't turn anyone away for lack of ticket.
In Gratitude and Partnership with SouthEast Effective Development, SEED. SEED is currently our fiscal sponsor and community partner in economic development. You may support SEED's work at http://www.seedseattle.org/