How (and why) Michelle Maryns built a better scheduling app

Michelle Tran Maryns is a multi-hyphenate Minnesotan if there ever was one. She runs WeSparkle, a social enterprise supporting small businesses with the Sparkle Assistant, a wellness-first productivity tool. Michelle joined us to talk about her passion for supporting women of color entrepreneurs, her winding path to entrepreneurship, and her first business inspiration.

Building a brand that resonates with Audra Robinson

This is Rocky Robinson’s moment, but founder and CEO Audra Robinson has been building this brand, in some way, for her entire career. She sat down with us to talk about how her corporate marketing background inspired Rocky, what she’s most proud of with her new brand, and the challenges of being a CPG entrepreneur during COVID-19.

Renewing Community-Centered Real Estate with D’Angelos Svenkeson

In 2019, D’Angelos launched NEOO Partners, a creative real estate and community engagement consulting firm that combined everything he’d learned from jobs in nonprofit, government, and corporate real estate spaces. But just one year after his business opened, D’Angelos had to reimagine everything. We caught up with D’Angelos to discuss the inspiration behind his business, how he navigated his business through COVID-19, and his vision for the future of community-driven real estate.

Our Partnership with Curated Equal

GenEQTY’s mission is very clear – close the wealth gap and remove obstacles that stifle business growth. We’re thrilled to that we’re advancing our mission through a partnership with Curated Equal, a national online registry for women and minority business owners. We’ll be providing financial…

Prioritize your mental and physical health to grow your business

When we think of an athlete preparing for a competition, it’s easy to imagine that they will be proactive about bolstering their well-being in every way possible. Not just training for their event, but eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and getting enough sleep. When our business idea takes root in our minds, its potential is actualized when taking the same holistic approach. Nurturing your mental health means maximizing your capacity to make decisions and navigate the ups and downs of business ownership.

Managing Cash Flow During Crisis: Tips for Small Businesses

The emergence of Covid-19 has hastened the world into a new normal. We’ve found new ways of socializing, working, and learning as we try to keep ourselves, families, and businesses afloat. Many small businesses have found unique and different ways to pivot, serve customers, and…

What We’re Reading Right Now: Supporting minority-owned small businesses through COVID-19 from McKinsey Consulting

Read with us: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/covid-19s-effect-on-minority-owned-small-businesses-in-the-united-states Our take: It comes as no surprise that minority-owned businesses are some of the hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying factors such as limited access to credit, financial distress prior to COVID-19, and a concentration of minority-owned businesses in industries that…