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Black Women in Business: Obtaining, Maximizing Women & Minority Business Certifications

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Black Women in Business will host their Third Thursday Leadership Conversation on June 22 at American Underground. The topic will be Certifications for Women-owned and Minority Owned Businesses: How to get them and increase your revenue with them.

Black Women in BusinessThe featured speaker is La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, a Business Counselor at the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at N.C. Central University.  She provides services to existing business owners in Durham and Person Counties.

Prior to SBTDC, Best-Gaddy worked in various management positions at NC Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute).  She was the Executive Director of Public Allies North Carolina, a program of the Institute and AmeriCorps national service network.  Through her leadership at The Institute, the organization received state and national recognition and funding on entrepreneurship, student debt, housing, and credit.  As a result of her work, research and policy has changed in the areas of credit and student debt

This session is for you if you are:

–Interested in learning about the various certifications available for women/minority-owned businesses.
–Trying to determine if you should obtain a certification such as WEBENC, HUB, and others.
–Interested in getting tips and advice on how to complete applications for certifications.

–Already have a certification, and want tips and advice on how to use it to increase your revenue

We’re talking about all of these things and more!
June 22, 2017, 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: American Underground (main campus)

                 201 W. Main Street

                 Durham, NC


Final date to register: June 21, 2017

Black Women In Business

Ingrid Jones (2017)
Ingrid Jones

Black Women In Business caters to the professional development needs of Black women leaders-those who work in corporations and nonprofits and those who are entrepreneurs. It is designed to bring together like-minded women who inspire, encourage and compassionately challenge each other to achieve their goals.

Ingrid Jones founded the community to create an environment that builds and celebrates the talents and skills of Black women leaders. Her professional experience includes community relations, leadership development, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and diversity. This combination inspired and is leveraged in Black Women In Business.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

One thought on “Black Women in Business: Obtaining, Maximizing Women & Minority Business Certifications

  1. I just want to thank the founder/publishers of Spectacular Magazine. I am not just glad we have it but more so grateful because we need it so.

    Andrea Harris

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