Entrepreneurship has many different definitions but for women of color, it’s an opportunity to change the world. That may seem ambitious but only because so many of our white counterparts have changed their children worlds by having investments and trusts and companies to leave behind for them. We typically don’t have that luxury. In pursuing entrepreneurship now, in the ways and copious amounts of businesses that have formed, we are pushing hard to have something we can call our own that we can pass down to our kids when we leave this earth. That is world changing for black families and world changing for America.
In this country it is no question on how much more we are treated unfairly however, we are no longer taking those excuses and living with them. We are redefining what it means to be a black woman or a woman of color by simply step-in gout of our comfort zones and starting businesses.
With the boom of social media, we now have more access to tools, thoughts, ideas and resources that we would not have seen or known beforehand. It is very difficult to explain to a bank that you have an idea and it needs funding when you lack mentor, a proper business plan, or even capitol to borrow against.
We are changing the narrative day by day and entrepreneurship to women of color is more than starting an online boutique or starting a blogging journey. It now means that our daughters will understand not only the definition of hard work, but the definition of working for yourself and finding your own level of success. Our families have been stuck in the wealth gap for a long time, and don’t get e wrong, we are still there. WE still only make up less than 1% of America’s wealth. We still lack a lot of things necessary to define society’s degree of success. But, what we do have, and what we’ve always had is the ability to find a way in spite of the odds we face.
Our entrepreneurship goals and dreams may not look like everybody’s else’s but it certainly means we have goals and dreams that simply weren’t there before. THAT alone will change the world.
Let’s do this!
All our love,
Niché + Shameka
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