Episode 26: Being a Woman of Color Owned Biz
As we celebrate International Women's Day support the March 8, 2017, called "A Day Without A Woman." https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/8413/BeBoldForChange-campaigns We are excited to shared our chat on the joys and challenges of being women of color owned business and certifications that one can apply for as a minority and women owned business.
For more information on the March 8th Campaign, the Women's March website suggests three ways to participate in the strike:
- Women take the day off work — whether you are paid or unpaid.
- Refrain from shopping for the day — or if you must shop, choose small, women- and minority-owned businesses.
- Wear red in solidarity with those participating in and supporting the strike.
In this episode Nicole interviews Jes as she takes us through the process of earning a certification to become a minority and women business.
What is this? A Certification businesses can gain to access RFPs for diversity supplier needs. The Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWB) Certification.
State and city certifications are available - JPD has NYC and NY State certification along with New Jersey.
We also talk about how accountability in this process (and in life!) is very important when moving a cumbersome process forward.
As many conversations between Nicole and Jes go this episodes also flowed into a chat about the challenges and sometime annoyances of doing business as a women of color.
Nicole shares a frustrating process of contract negotiation with two white men. Jes shares how she stood up to a business bully
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Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Minority Owned Business - https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/minority-owned-businesses
- NYC MWBE Overview - http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2479/minority-and-woman-owned-business-enterprise-mwbe-program