In the first ever Grow My Business Capital One Business Pitch, the Class of 2013 was beyond spectacular. Throughout the entire year they showed us they have the determination, drive and passion to take their businesses to the next level.
They absolutely wowed us all with their presence, clarity, and spark of imagination as they shared what they need and what it will take for their next leap into entrepreneurship. In it’s pilot year, thirteen stellar women completed the Grow My Business course.
Paulette Mpouma, The Africa Memory Game
“EWI helped me to organize my business. I received a lot of help and encouragement, I also was sold out once because EWI brought me a lot opportunities.”
LaDon James, Lens & Love Photography
“As a result of being part of EWI’s programs, I have gained knowledge and skills that are helping me to Grow My Business. The practical knowledge and skills I learned through my mentors, my peers, and in the Entrepreneurial Training for Success and the Grow My Business programs have helped and continue to help me in the planning and execution of my business.”
Kudzai Gombakomba KG Spotless
“EWI gave me a provision of opportunities to meet different people who have helped in networking, brought new ideas on marketing and provided ongoing mentoring.”
Clementine Simmons, Clem’s Floral Design
“EWI has helped me to determine who is my target market and provided mentorship for growing my business.”
Lizzie Coker, MaLizzie’s Cakes & Catering
“EWI has mentored me, encouraged me and helped me to be assertive in my quest for business growth and success. EWI has helped me start my business, I learned a lot from the mentor and the visitors that come. They encourage me, cheer me on and guide me. They help me make decisions about my life and business and most of all I get support from my classmates and mentor.”
Charmelle Clark, Creatively Charming
“Your imagination is our creation”
Nishat Siddiqui, Nishat’s Kitchen
“The coaches and staff are very important in going through the process and specially Marga and Dianne who are always there to follow up even when you are done with the course at ETS.I attended Grow my Business as well which helped me to keep up with the current demands of running a successful Business.”
Mariam Mohamed, Bahari Creations
“EWI is helping me reach my goal through a number of programs as well as mentoring and providing a supporting system.”
Sharmila Karamchandi, Graphic Designer, Fine Artist, Art Educator
“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, inspirational. Their friendship and ways of life has enriched my life.“
Caryn Reitkopp, Paws for Peace
“EWI helped to make my 15 year old dream a reality by giving me the tools and support I needed to write my business plan and turn my dreams into a reality.”
Amoy Stephen, Morning Glory Butterflies
“EWI has played a significant role in my personal and business growth. I am learning to let go of all the negative elements of my past. Along the path EWI reminded me that my story was important. My dreams count. My voice matters. As a past graduate of EWI I am certainly proud of my growth and confidence in aspiration of furthering my business Morning Glory Butterflies.”
Congratulations to all the Grow My Business students for an amazing year of accomplishment, determination, and transformation.
This event would not be possible without the generous support from Dianne Lorenz, Chair Board of Directors and Capital One.
Thank you Ernesto Rivera for filming and Yasmin Abdi for photographing the event!