In the latest East Liberty Happenings, which came out last Friday, we talk to Diamonte Walker, @urapgh’s new MWBE Program Officer. Read about how she's elevating existing and aspiring business owners in the East End through our bio link. There you'll also discover upcoming community events, development updates, and more!
A sneak peek of the interview:
“Too often, we like to focus on what’s holding people back, but I think it’s critical that we also assess the opportunities that could propel them forward. Here's the opportunity: the East End has experienced one of the biggest economic booms Pittsburgh has seen in a long time. There are posh hotels and a bustling business corridor with high-end shops and a concentrated influx of new residents with significant disposable income. For existing businesses, this presents an opportunity to try and target market to those high-income earners without alienating their loyal customers in the process.
Now, here's the problem: this economic boom has also resulted in higher rents which can make it tough for business owners to keep pace with the market. Minority and women-owned businesses are often faced with — and this is by no means an exhaustive list — a lack of access to capital, a widening technological divide, lower market visibility, a disconnected technical assistance framework and fragmented relationships with the power brokers, connectors, and other impactful networks.”
Read more about her plans to address this + subscribe via the bio link! 👆
Had no idea New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli would present a proclamation from the State of New York after today's speech! My heart is full. Such an honor to receive this from someone of such integrity while surrounded by so many incredible business leaders, including Rosie Rios, the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and one of my role models! The New York State Common Retirement Fund's 11th Annual Emerging Manager & MWBE Conference is all about charting a unique path and celebrating founders. It can be really daunting to be a founder or one of the few women or minorities in a boardroom. But it's up to each of us to harness our courage and take control of our destiny! #CrazyGood#meaningful#investment#MWBE#diversity#proclamation#Albany#NewYork#comptroller#integrity#courage#destiny
#NYC and #NYFW was fun but now switching gears!!! Starting tonight I will be in Albany, NY supporting my hubby and New York State Assembly Member @clydevanel of District 33 (Queens in the house 🏠) at the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. We are so exciting to see everyone and we look forward to greeting our constituents from Southeast Queens. Not only will I be playing hostess duties but after months of planning, I will be joining hundreds of Sorors from the New York region at our annual AKA Day at the Capitol 💗💚. If you are at the Capitol, definitely stop by and say hello...I plan on checking out the #MWBE and #CommunityEngagementWorkshop while bouncing around the halls of the Capitol! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨#vanelonthemove#albany#newyork#aka1908#communityengagement ##women#business#legislators#nypolitics#day1
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It’s time to get back on track. If you don’t have one already, my challenge to you is to find an accountability partner.
Find someone who will challenge you, not condemn you. If the first person you select doesn’t work out, don’t give up. Keep looking until you find the right fit.
Solve growth issues faster, track your progress, and CRUSH your business goals this year. #execute@mharidat