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Wednesday, September 26 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Small Businesses v. Startups: Who We're Helping, Who We're Hurting and Why It Matters FILLING

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Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy - representing nearly half of all businesses in the U.S. Yet within some ecosystems, support can be skewed towards "startups" and a tone that venture capital is only (or "best") way to go. What is the difference between startups and small businesses? What unintended effects may occur through misalignment in resources and support?

Let's discuss who's starting, who's scaling, and what we can do to take more new majority founders from micro-enterprises to high-growth. This panel is produced by Alice and NEUPRINT and will be moderated by Deloris Wilson, Head of Strategy and Operations at BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative. 

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Sibyl Edwards

CEO and Co-Founder, Black Female Founders
Ms. Edwards is currently CEO and co-founder of Black Female Founders (#BFF), an organization whose mission is to provide awareness, support, resources and a platform for Black women entrepreneurs, in 2017 she developed #BFF Labs, a 10-week pre-accelerator program for aspiring early-stage... Read More →

Aaron Saunders

Founder/CEO, Inclusive Innovation Incubator
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David Smith

Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer, Dissertation Decoded
David Smith currently serves as Senior Regional Organizer for the Southern Region and the Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer of Dissertation Decoded, an educational consulting firm providing professional coaching services to doctoral students who struggle to complete their dissertation... Read More →
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Stephanie Thomas

Director of Programs & Small Business Services, Washington Area Community Investment Fund
Stephanie Thomas is the Director of Programs & Small Business Services for the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif). She oversees the design, development, and execution of Wacif's capacity building programs and partnerships, regional community development agenda, and... Read More →
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Deloris Wilson

Head of Strategy and Operations, Beacon
Deloris is an ecosystem builder, strategist, and social entrepreneur committed to promoting equity and inclusion worldwide. She has performed strategic policy, impact investment, and economic development work across six countries, impacting a range of socio-economic issues including... Read More →

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm EDT
In3 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001