Black Women Entrepreneurs: Putting Community First

Access and Opportunity

Apr 20 2023 • 25 mins

According to a 2021 report in the Harvard Business Review, 17% of Black women are in the process of starting or running new businesses, compared to 10% of white women and 15% of white men. For this special two-part “Black Women Entrepreneurship” series, Access and Opportunity is on the road in Washington D.C. – recently named the best city for Black entrepreneurs to start a business – to hear from the women driving this Black business boom by putting community at the center.

On this episode, Carla visits entrepreneur Angel Gregorio at her spice shop turned small business incubator, The Spice Suite. Angel, a former assistant school principal, took the leap into business ownership in 2015 after taking over an open retail space. As Angel became a community fixture, she began letting other Black women use the space for pop-ups to sell their own goods. Soon, a tribe was formed calling themselves the Spice Girls, a community of Black women small business owners who support each other's unique entrepreneurial journeys. We’ll hear from Angel and two of her Spice Girls, Sam Smith and Tiaa Rutherford, about becoming entrepreneurs and how their community has helped them chart paths forward. Come on and join us for the ride.

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