BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A group of businesspeople in Baltimore are working to help black people and women-owned businesses grow.
“WELL is the membership network for and by black women business owners where we build communities,” said Nakeia Drummond, founder of The WELL Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Lab (The WELL). community, collaborate, develop confidence and, of course, earn capital.”
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Drummond launched her own business in 2018 when she realized how isolated and difficult business can be, especially for Black women. So she created WELL to give them a place to come together and build their businesses.
“People ask for community and people also ask for a safe space, and for Black women, we don’t always have enough space to figure that out,” Drummond said.
Teams give members a place to connect, try new ideas, develop their confidence, and assist them with funding such as funding.
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WELL started with just 10 women in Baltimore but now has more than 60 members around the country, including a new chapter in Detroit sponsored by General Motors.
Iyonna Woods was the original member of the team and her personal care products business, Fancy Free Hair and Skin, has also grown with WELL’s help.
“I don’t think I would be where I am today without the support of my WELL sisters from my WELL community,” says Woods.
At 5pm this Thursday, WELL will be hosting a night out for members and non-members alike at the Harbor Bank of Baltimore at 25 West Fayette Street. Tickets are still available.
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https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/18/the-well-is-helping-black-and-women-owned-businesses-in-baltimore/ The WELL Is Helping Black And Women-Owned Businesses In Baltimore – CBS Baltimore