Regional Event in Arkansas

Arkansas: Business Ownership and Economic Mobility: Banking on Arkansas’ Black Women

Arkansas AFN co-hosts Business Ownership and Economic Mobility: Banking on Arkansas Black Women Event

On Tuesday, March 12, AR AFN joined Philander Smith College, Social Justice Institute, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Southern Bancorp Community Partners, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Arkansas Women’s Business Center, and the Urban League of Arkansas to elevate the data and stories of Black women business owners.

The gathering explored the trends, systemic barriers, and implicit biases to black women’s economic mobility. Business ownership can serve as a wealth-building tool for women, and Black women are the fastest growing group of small business owners in the nation.

Grantmakers, policy advocates, practitioners, and the business community discussed their unique roles to intentionally support entrepreneurial women in their effort to build wealth through business ownership.

Featured speakers included:

  • Martine Aurelien, North Carolina Justice Center/Duke University
  • Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Arkansas Business Owners:

  • Leanna Godley, Goddess Products
  • Matcha Norwood, Cinnalightful
  • Jill Floyd, CDI Contractors
  • Stephanie Jackson, Design Group

To learn more on this topic, look for AFN’s upcoming new brief on Unlocking Assets: Building Women’s Wealth Through Business Ownership to be released in May 2019!