Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs! Last November there was a worldwide celebration of women entrepreneurs in over 144 countries and it was a great day!  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year. The inaugural event in 2014 was held in New York City at the United Nations, with additional events being held simultaneously in several other countries. 144 nations overall recognized the first WED, which included the presentation of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards. The organization behind WED also has an ambassadorship and fellowship program.

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Last November I was honored to once again be the U.S. Ambassador Chicago and we celebrated women who are Fashionpreneurs.  The event was held at Standout Style Boutique 3353 S Morgan St and co-hosted by the fabulous owner Tamika Price.  The women that joined us were influencers, fashion designers, bloggers, and city socialites from around the city.  It was a great time for all of us to come together to celebrate local women entrepreneurs in the Fashion industry.  We were able to network and fellowship with each other while sharing interesting stories about the journey taken to become a Fashionpreneur.

It was also an opportunity to showcase Standout Style Boutique and all of the wonderful items of up and coming local designers who may never have the chance to showcase their designs and artistry outside of the local marketshare.  We had a wonderful celebration sharing stories, noshing on delicious tasty delights, sipping on fabulous wine, and enjoying the energy from other women discussing their journey.

The true beauty of this event was the diversity of the women who attended and the many things we all had in common on the journey of entrepreneurship and the ability to make things happen when sometimes you realize you do not know how you are going to make it happen. Continue reading “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe”

The Black Women’s Expo 2016 A great time for all!

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Black Women’s Expo 2016 was a great time. The vendors traveled from around the U.S. to participate in this 20 year-old event. They brought with them many wonderful products with an entrepreneurial spirit because many of items were created from an online business with the majority of their advertisement was via social media. They have generated their sales primarily via social media which says a lot about growth and opportunity via various platforms. There were lots of product samples being given away along with lots of bags with logos from various companies.

The samples ranged from hair care products for many Black women who no longer perm their hair or as I call us “Naturalistas” to food samples from new foodpreneurs. Product lines from both large and small business owners participated. It gave large businesses a chance to introduce new products and smaller businesses the opportunity to introduce their product to a new market-share. The best part was the bag give-a-ways the vendors were passing out so if you could not purchase any products, you still walked away with a token of appreciation.

The panel discussions being held in various rooms with topics ranging from finance, relationships, self-esteem, and many other topics in between with great panelists, along with wonderful hostesses for each of the discussions. There were lots of interesting commentary from both the panelists and the audience members which opened up the dialog for a great conversation with varying opinions. There were several celebrities who hosted some of the panels which made them fun and exciting as well. They were all friendly and took pictures with many who attended.

Continue reading “The Black Women’s Expo 2016 A great time for all!”