Atlanta is known for having a stronghold on the young, gifted and black community. African American entrepreneurs both migrate to and are birthed in the city, with the female population leading the charge.
For Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on Nov. 19, the Georgia state capital welcomed the 100 Female Entrepreneur organization for a celebratory ceremony hosted by Nicole Garner, CEO of the Garner Circle and several veteran “fempreneurs” who shared personal testimony on their entrepreneurial journey. The ladies were encouraged by Georgia state representatives Dar’Shun Kendrick and LaDawn Jones to network with each other and to continue to support each other in their business endeavors.
Garner introduced female blogging expert Tami Reed, millennial entrepreneurs Bianca Rush and Dayira Jones, “Mompreneur” expert Carla Stephens and franchise owner Maja Sly to discuss their experiences and share tips for other women looking to start businesses.
Garner says the 100 Female Entrepreneurs organization was started to act as a support system for female business owners. “100 Female Entrepreneurs is a business league for females in entrepreneurship offering a unique platform for women to share entrepreneurial resources and experiences while being connected to a global network of go-getters. Our mission is to educate, engage and empower female entrepreneurs in a carefully curated community both online and in a physical space. We connect mentors with mentees, provide educational tracks to ensure our members are continuously enhancing their business value, help members develop a higher level of purpose and provide actionable assets for advancing to the next level,” Garner says.
The ceremony wrapped with Kamilah Williams leading the 100 Female Entrepreneur Mantra:
I have become a business owner to make a difference in people’s lives by being the solution and not the problem.
I will not give up when the going gets tough.
I will rise to the challenge and even seek them out if necessary.
I am here to serve first and help people in the process.
I will share my talents, skills, and abilities with others.
I will give back to my community and leave a legacy I wish to be remembered for.
I will know my worth and charge for it. After all I am an entrepreneur, this is how I make a living.
I will look my fears in the face and use them to my advantage.
I must set my agenda around my lifestyle and aim to create balance.
I will ask for help and guidance along the journey
I will lead the way and help my sisters climb to their highest potential.
I will not compare myself to others – I am unique and no one can do it My way!
I shall look for the possibilities and opportunities in every challenge.
I will stay motivated by celebrating my wins as I live my passion.
I will step out of my comfort zone on a regular basis as I stretch, I will grow into the person I have yet to be.
I have a voice and a message I must share with the world.
I will take full responsibility for my actions and commit to being my very best each day.
Above all, I will remember the “why” I became a business owner.
For more information on how to participate, visit: www.100FemaleEntrepreneurs.com