the background

why black women & business?

Recent growth in the rate of business ownership by Black women has been faster than any other group in the nation. From 2002-11, the number of businesses owned by Black women increased 179 percent compared with 52 percent for all women-owned businesses and 20 percent for all businesses. However, many Black women who own businesses have difficulty accessing credit and face capital constraints.

what can we do?

  • Expand research on Black women business owners & founders
  • Create more access to diverse funding sources¬†
  • Develop local, culturally relevant business education and training programs that center and are led by Black women & femmes

what is IBBG Business?

IBBG Business was launched to support Black women & femme business owners by addressing the opportunities above. Our goals are to:

  • Create space for business founders and leaders to connect
  • Connect business owners with capital investments
  • Provide access to culturally relevant technical and capacity building support

Annually, I Be Black Girl hosts a business pitch event as an opportunity to showcase local Black women founders and provide capital and other resources that can support the growth or sustainability of their business.

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