Entrepreneurs Graduation & Business Showcase
Class of 2014

Sunday, June 29th, 2014
2:00pm – 4:30pm
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Courageous Women Entrepreneurs Stories, Victories, and the Hope They Seed for the Future…

Empowered Women International: The Students Speak



Keynote Speaker  Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard   President of Montgomery College

Keynote Speaker
Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard
President of Montgomery College

Inspiring Vision Boards that Tell Stories
of the Passion Our Entrepreneurs Bring
to the Market and the Community …

By Marielle Barrow

Vision Board by Marielle Barrow


Student Entrepreneurs’ Voices…

“EWI has helped me by providing a community of women who love, support and understand my journey. These women helped me rebuild my sense of self while encouraging my commitment to my project to ensure its success.

I am constantly reminded that AS A WOMAN, my journey is not simply for me, it goes beyond me. It is for the children whose joy and success will come through the fulfilling of their purpose, through practice of the arts.

It is about rekindling joy, solidarity and purpose in the lives of so many that will eventually change our communities, one by one. “

-Marielle Barrow


By Alex Codrea

Vision Board by Alex Codrea


“EWI’s contribution in my life has been monumental. I have found a home away from home, sisters and kindred spirits from all around the globe who are so strong, courageous, and inspirational. Their friendship and ways of life has enriched my life.”

 – Sharmila Karamchandani




Entrepreneur Graduates of the 3-month Entrepreneur Training for Success and the Micro-enterprises They Built

Yasmin Abdi, Yasmin Abdi Photography

Rose Ahui, African Market

Mariana Alvarado, Solstice Mexican Jewelry

Jessica Anteparra, Spanish Language Tutoring

Myiketta Barlow, Tiny Explorers Child Development Centers

Marielle Barrow, Caribbean InTransit

Angela Bell, Ravish and Rave Conscious Beauty APlus Image Consulting

Larnies A. Bowen, Livitity Drink Co.

Sade Bowen, Livitity Drink Co.

Deborah Brown, De’Balm

Loredana Calin, Creative R We

Sandra “Lisa” Cardoza, Cupcake Chix

Alex Codrea, Community Organizer

Sonia Canaviri, Massage Therapy

Kelemuna Desta, artist

Kimberly D. Graden, Real Financial Freedom

Fadimata Oualet Halatine, Saharan Artistry

Fawn A. Jordan, Wearable Art Gallery

Mylinda N. Justin, Afriganics

Cynthia King, Prime Logistics Property Management

Vanessa Landau, H.E.R.O.E.S Workshops

Lysiane Malonga, Diversity World Connection

Brenda Marcial, The Pampered Pooch

Mona Mckenzie, Capital City Sweets & Treats LLC

Senovia McLaughlin, Exclusive Affairs Event Planning & Management

Lakisha Morris, Tiny Explorers Child Development Centers

Pauline Muchina, Nakuru Beads Initiative

Diana N’Diaye, N’Diaye Designs

Mame N’Diaye, N’Diaye Designs

Jennifer Y. Okosun, Fashion SPAZZ

Terisse Perez, Visions of Light-Art

Dannielle R. Rash, First Class Resumes & Career Services

Rae Roach, Women Helping Women Retreats

Nuvia Rodriguez, Cupcake Chix

Krystal Simmons, Gumbo Stand

Rose Soloman, Botswana Baskets

Macha Takele, 3prime World Health Soap

Rutendo Tsokodayi, Above and Beyond

Dominique Verella, Embellishment

Rita Washington, Voice Talent Innovative Voicing

Rana Jaafar Yaseen, The Flavor of the Universe


Artist Entrepreneur, Mame N'Diaye with her Mom and Business Partner, Diane N'Diaye Pitching their Business at Capital One Business Plan Pitch

Artist Entrepreneur, Mame N’Diaye with her Mom and Business Partner, Diane N’Diaye Pitching their Business at Capital One Business Plan Pitch


Entrepreneur Graduates of the 9-month Grow My Business Program

Charmelle Clark, Creatively Charming

Elizabeth Coker, Ma Lizzie’s Cakes & Catering

Velma Crawford, Vee’s Ties That Bind

Kudzai Gombakomba, KG Spotless

LaDon James, Lens and Love Photography, LLC

Sharmila Karamchandani, Illustrator | Art Educator

Miriam Mohamed, Bahari Creations

Suzanne Morgan, Native Spirit

Paulette Mpouma, Africa Memory Game

Caryn Reitkopp, Paws for Peace LLC

Nishat Siddiqui, Nishat’s Kitchen

Clementine Simmons, Clem’s Floral Designs

Amoy Stephen, Morning Glory Butterflies


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Thank you to our amazing sponsors




Entrepreneur Incubator Funding Partners

ACT for Alexandria
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Consumer Health Foundation
CTC Foundation
Dianne R. Lorenz Family Foundation
Ernst & Young
Fairfax County Government
Galston Family Giving Fund
Giving Circle of Hope
Herscot/Bartley Family Fund
Hess Collins Family Fund
Hughes United Methodist Women’s Group
Mason Hirst Foundation
Montgomery County Executive Office
Sally Rudney & Scott Hoekman Family Fund
Share Fund
Sharing Montgomery Fund
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Palmer Foundation
Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation
The Jean and Bruce Wyman Fund
Washington Forrest Foundation
Westminster Presbyterian Church


Capital One
Ballston BID
Bank of America
BB&T Bank
C.T. Hellmuth & Associates, Inc.
Dalal & Company
Montgomery College
Maggio+Kattar, P.C.
Rock & Harding Tax Service
Sarfino And Rhoades, LLP
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