June 1, 2021
YWCA announces recipients of small business grants
Since March 2021, 36 Birmingham area women of color and other women have participated in YWCA Central Alabama's WE360 Business Essentials program for entrepreneurs. Ten of those women were selected to receive financial grants to help establish or further their businesses.
Recipients of the YWCA Central Alabama WE360 grants include: Cassandra "Joy" King, Sybil Scarbrough, Javacia Harris Bowser, Aquilla Stanback, Brianna McCoy, Brittany Hogan, Erica Patterson, Britney Davis, LaSharn Ayers Calhoun and Sade Coppins.
The WE360 Spring Cohort was selected from a pool of 67 initial applicants. The women embarked on a six-week, self-guided journey toward business scalability and entrepreneurial success powered by a perfect partnership with Ureeka, YWCA USA, and YWCA Central Alabama, through generous funding from Coca-Cola Foundation.
The WE360 entrepreneurs received personal business coaches and mentors, customized trainings, intentional networking engagement and access to available resources. Entrepreneurs also now have direct connection to continued resources and long-term support through economic development nonprofit REV Birmingham.
YWCA WE360 will launch a fall cohort in September. For more information, to register for the WE360 fall cohort or to learn more about a WE360 business owner contact Angela Abdur-Rasheed firstname.lastname@example.org.