Showing posts with label women owned firms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label women owned firms. Show all posts

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Feedback on “How to Finance a Black Women-owned Business in 2018”

We recently held a series of webinars designed “to help black women business owners discover various ways to land capital.” The webinars, titled, “How to Finance a Black Women-owned Business in 2018” were held on July 18th, August 10th and August 24th.

The feedback from the webinars is good. Eighty five percent (85%) of the respondents to our customer satisfaction survey found the webinar useful. Seventy one percent (71%) rated the webinar excellent.
















Of the forty or so women on the webinar (and they were all women) forty two percent (42%) have just started looking for business financing. Fourteen percent (14%) have been looking for business financing over the past one to six months, and twenty eight percent (28%) have been looking over the past six to twelve months. Fourteen percent (14%) have not attempted to get financing yet, but are simply exploring options.


















This dovetails with the recent efforts we have observed in this sector. The table below lists some of the new funds that have been created to finance Black women owned businesses:

We believe this is a recognition of the higher than average returns that might be available in companies founded by those in overlooked communities.

As we noted in a recent article in the Journal of Financial Planning :

“Common sense will tell you that in an environment, a culture, and an economy that is getting more diverse all the time, that the diverse company is going to have more customers, and this should lead to higher revenue and higher profits, assuming their costs are under control. They should do better over the long term than the non-diverse company.

We researched that [premise] and found that that is the case, but there is a but; it really depends upon the industry you’re in. If you’re in a consumer-products type of industry, of course, more customers is better than fewer customers, and that’s all it boils down to.

We did some of this initial work for the magazine, DiversityInc. We did the statistical and investment analysis and found that our thesis about the higher alpha for a portfolio comprised of companies that are top performers within the sector diversity/inclusion was correct.”

We will continue to provide information in this space, and will schedule another broadcast of our webinar. If interested, please email us at info@creativeinvest.com.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Webinar - How to Finance a Black Women-owned Business in 2018

Maggie Lena Walker was the first female bank president of any race to charter a bank in 1902. Black women have continued down this path of entrepreneurship. According to one report, "the number of businesses created by black women in the United States alone is up more than 460% over the last 20 years, making them the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the nation."
Of course, we've known this for some time, and have the track record to prove it. We launched MinorityFinance.com in 1998 and noted that 65% of the inquiries from the site came from Black women. While others have come along after our launch, we remain active and at the forefront. See: Small Business Financing, Black People and Venture Capitalhttps://youtu.be/gXGBEUoxHHs
The key issue then, and now, is money: "according to the Diane Project, black female founders are only able to raise an average of $36,000 in venture funding, while start-ups owned mostly by white males have received on average $1.3 million." We provide data-based advice and instruction, based on our years of experience, to help you over this hurdle.
Our webinar provides information on the current state of Black women businesses. We provide actionable information you can use to get financing for your business.
AGENDA
• Business Planning
• Your business credit history: Dun and Bradstreet.
• Data and Resources for Black women businesses
• The best non profit, local/state/federal resources
• Steps in the business financing process
• Protecting your ideas: intellectual property rights
• What type of financing products and sources/investors/lenders are best for your business: banks, credit unions, factors, hard money lenders, crowdfunding, credit cards, venture capital, digital currency, ICOs.
• Why you should seek out venture capital these days. Which ones to go to. How you should approach them.
Gwen HurtSPECIAL GUEST - Gwen Hurt is the founder and CEO of Shoe Crazy Wine. Her goal is to make her company a national brand. On June 15th, the firm was invited to present Shoe Crazy Wine during WalMart’s open call initiative, and, as a result, by 2019, will be sold in Walmart stores. Ms. Hurt will discuss her ongoing entrepreneurial journey.

To attend:

 https://blackwomenbusinessfinance.eventbrite.com

NOTE: ATTENDEE LINK WILL BE SENT ONE WEEK PRIOR TO WEBINAR.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

$25K for Women-Owned Businesses and Women Founders

Walker's Legacy - Due this FRIDAY Register Today: Deadline Approaching for the PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator. Win $5,000 in prize funding with the Walker's Legacy PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator. This is an opportunity for small women-owned enterprises to grow and expand! Your business is accepted into the program once registration is complete. With partners like Google, and Kiva Zip, PROSPECTUS is designed to provide women business owners with the resources they need for their businesses. Sign up today or encourage a woman in your network to take advantage of this opportunity by next Friday, January 13, 2017!

The Vinetta Project
The Vinetta Project's $20K Venture Challenge is open to DC-area female founders with tech or tech-enabled businesses. You can learn more about eligibility and application requirements on their website.
  • Open to women founders with tech or tech-enabled businesses (startup must have at least 1 woman founder to be eligible)
  • Winner gets $20K in cash from GSP and 4 months of a 4-person office space from MakeOffices
  • All applications will be reviewed by our Venture Committee (includes members of 12 DC firms and angel groups— list here— so awesome visibility for future fundraising)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Minority and Women-owned Company Small Business Financing Guide and Workbook, 2010 Edition

MinorityFinance.com is pleased to announce the publication of the Minority and Women-owned Company Small Business Financing Guide and Workbook, 2010 Edition.

The Guide and Workbook are designed to provide actionable information minorities and women can use to obtain small business financing. The Guide and Workbook consists of two sections: The Guide provides detailed business financing information of specific relevance to Minority and Women-owned Businesses. The Workbook is an electronic document with blank loan applications, grant forms, business planning and financial reporting templates, IRS Forms and other documents.

The Guide and Workbook will be of specific interest to those seeking to finance a new firm and/or start-up. It has special sections on financing a Day Care Center, financing a Beauty/Hair Salon, financing a Music/Film business.

Specific sections of the Workbook provide detailed information on:

How to complete a Bank Loan Application (completed sample application included).

Why there are NO specialized grants for Minority and Women-owned Small Businesses. What programs exist and how you can benefit from them.

How to complete a Grant Application (completed sample application included).

Banks: Do they hate Women and Minority-owned Small Businesses or do they just hate small businesses in general?

Has your business credit lines been reduced or revoked? How to find both short-term capital financing and long-term business financing.

Why you should avoid Venture Capital and Private Equity firms. If you must deal with them, here’s how.

How to work with the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and other Federal, State and local Agencies, if you must.

The Guide includes separate chapters on the following topics: • Financing a Franchise • Buying an Existing Business • Financing a Day Care Center, Beauty/Hair Salon, or Music/Film business • Funding Sources: Credit Unions, Community Development Financial Institutions, Community Development Entities, Microcredit Funds and Peer-to-Peer Lending.

To order see: http://www.minorityfinance.com/mfinform1.html