Black Girl Ventures Foundation (BGV) teamed up with Visa on its commitment to digitally enable 50 million small businesses through partner offers, street team visits, virtual education seminars and mentorship opportunities. Visa kicked off its six city (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.), revitalization program in Washington, D.C. in June 2021 with the launch of commerce in a box – a curated selection of Visa and partner offers, discounts and bundles to digitally enable and empower small businesses.
Pull Up & Pitch, BGV's Visa-sponsored pitch competition, granted Washington D.C.-area entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of BGV Alumni for a chance to win up to $10,000. Hosted in front of Brown Beauty Co on Connecticut Avenue, Pull Up & Pitch drew in competing founders from across the DMV and saw a great groundswell of community support. The winning founders included Lia Lee, Founder of Unlit Adaptogen Recovery Drinks; Nana Meriweather, Founder of Cale; and April Shannon, Founder of 2Score Fitness.
UNLOCKING ACCESS TO CAPITAL RESOURCE GUIDE
Supporting a woman entrepreneur is supporting generations of ingenuity.
BGV's mission is to provide Black/Brown woman-identifying founders access to the community, capital, and capacity building to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship. Many reports show that Black/Brown women-owned businesses have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make it a point to support these business owners directly in their time of need and create opportunities now and in the future.
We believe in shifting the idea of community building from being viewed solely as a community service to a valid and viable business offering to ensure the development and growth of small businesses. We have developed this resource guide with you in mind to help you unlock access to capital and much more.
Within this resource guide you will find the following:
Gaining Access to Capital
Protecting Your Business
Leveraging Supplier Diversity
Building Your Brand
Digitizing Your Business
In recognition of National Small Business Week, Visa and Black Girl Ventures collaborated on a workshop to talk about "unlocking access to capital for Black women-owned businesses." This resource guide is an extension of that conversation to provide you with valuable resources to take action.
This guide is developed by Black Girl Ventures, empowered by Visa.