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  • Priscilla Asonibare

With Support from Walmart, Our Village United Launches a Program for Black Women Founders.

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

Our Village United (OVU) just announced the launch of a Pro Bono Program with support from Walmart through the Center for Racial Equity, focused on serving Black women founders in the Southeastern region. The program is supported by a $500,000 grant from Walmart and will offer technical assistance for retail-facing small businesses led by Black women.

In its Press Release, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, founder & Executive Director of Our Village United, said

Black women founders are leading the tide when it comes to growing rates of entrepreneurship. However, they are significantly underserved when it comes to the technical assistance, resources and capital needed to operate and scale their businesses at a proportionate rate. This program is an opportunity to give Black women founders the tools and resources they need to build a solid foundation for opportunities that lead to sustainable, thriving businesses and a cycle of economic possibilities for the Black community as a whole.

OVU provides an ecosystem of support for solopreneurs and microbusinesses through targeted technical assistance, shared professional services and a holistic approach dedicated to empowering business owners to grow their operations and scale their businesses. OVU's Pro Bono Program funded by Walmart will focus on helping Black women founders across Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia strengthen their business infrastructure to prepare them to sustain their businesses long-term, while also positioning them to become credit and capital ready. OVU will connect businesses to service providers who will help identify challenges to growth and put solutions in place.

Since 2020, OVU has impacted entrepreneurs across the country and graduated 100 businesses through their ELEVATE program. ELEVATE is a 12-week incubator that connects Black business owners to technical assistance, professional services, mentorship and novice capital that address gaps in operations, marketing, sales and fundraising. Dedicated to serving the health of the whole business, OVU also focuses on providing wellness support by partnering with licensed wellness coaches and mental health practitioners to serve as mentors for business owners in the program.

You can learn more about Our Village United and read the entire Press Release here.

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