HUSTLE FOR ALL OF US
- People of Color including but not limited to blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and immigrants
- Women of all races, ages, classes, backgrounds, and education levels
- Marginalized Neighborhoods for whom entrepreneurial development can serve as a catalyst for needed economic growth or that at risk for gentrification
Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Systems, Stories, & Solutions
From 2016-2017, we sought out and identified a diverse group of passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs that are hustling to make their ventures a success. The faces you will see and the voices you will hear are just a handful of the many everyday entrepreneurial heroes throughout our city. Here we celebrate their successes, give a platform for sharing their challenges, and recognize their true and immense value to our community and local ecosystem. We know that these are the first of many to come in our Featured Entrepreneur Series.
Do systems of race, class, and power play a role in entrepreneurial opportunity and economic growth? What can each of us do to make a difference in our community? Let’s find the answers together that will ensure an equitable and abundant future for all.
Adriana Granados: World Changer “An entrepreneur is a person that has a lot of hope even though things look very dark as some moments. They are crazy enough to devote as many hours are needed to overcome all the obstacles and a make something happen. Also, it’s a person that has an idealistic way of thinking that we can make a change for ourselves and for others.”
Bobbie Shrivastav: Tech Wiz “I feel like an entrepreneur is someone that creates ideas and can execute those ideas. That’s what entrepreneurs do. They have ideas. They make things happen.”
Cameron Evans: Financial Fixer “Hustle is knowing that no matter where you are, you’ll be successful. No matter what the difficulty, you’ll come out on top. No matter the disbelief from others, you gotta believe in yourself. I think that’s hustle. Hustle is the heart. Hustle is within.”
Candace McCorkle: The Soulful Stylist “People go through so many things. The salon is like a getaway. And so I try to make sure the atmosphere is cleared, that I am humble, that I am grateful. You just want to make people feel beautiful. And I just feel so much pride when I turn people around in the chair and the feeling of it never gets old.”
Erin Copeland: Hands-On Healer “The word entrepreneur, to me, means doing what you love and what you passionate about. And taking bold actions to be able to do it and be successful at it. Absolutely there is fear, but I think what it takes is a really deep faith and trust in my ability to do what I need to do when I need to do it.”
Justin Sizemore: Urban Winemaker “People have been making wine for thousands of years. But my vineyard is also designed to improve the environment. So my wine is a product that is sustainable for not just the next generation but the next and the next.”
Monique Johnson: Inspirational Force “Look at what’s going on in our society today. We are in need of some powerful leaders. We have to have someone that is strong enough to lead for positivity and change. And if I’ve gotta roll to Timbuktu or wherever to inspire change and make my positive mark on this earth, then that’s what I will do.”
Sal Bravo, Senor Bravo “The challenges are out there. Just don’t give up. Just knock on doors. And make sure they are open. Don’t shut any, because if you fail, they are locked forever. Make sure you’re brave enough 1) to say ‘I don’t have it’, 2) to say ‘I will get it to you’, 3) to say ‘I failed’. If you do those three, you’ll be OK.”
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds: Herbal Artist
"Hustle is the only thing that I know. It is movement. It is being poised and positioned to respond to opportunities when they come but, also, to always be in the process of making the next step. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”
WHAT WE DO
Entrepreneurial Education: We provide education and training resources to help our target entrepreneurs navigate existing systemic barriers-to-entry into the entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote their sustainable growth.
Content Development: We develop dynamic and inclusive media and digital content that represents, engages and informs a diverse ecosystem.