Welcome Queens Co. Business Members
On this page, you’ll find different resources to help you grow not only as an entrepreneur but as a more healthy and vibrant woman.
Personal Growth Resource
10 PODCASTS FOR BLACK WOMEN TO SECURE YOUR SELF-DEVELOPMENT
Here at Queens Co., we LOVE listening to podcasts. From adulting, self-care and emotional healing, these podcasts highlight everything in-between to help you grow into your best self. Check out this curated list specifically made for us. If a show or episode resonates with you, share it in the group chat for Facebook and let’s have a conversation about it!
Boston Area People of Color Therapist Contact List
Mental health is all the rage right now, as it should be! As women of color, we’ve experienced a number of different types of trauma due to the intersection of our gender and race, not to mention any other life problems we may be facing on a daily basis. Therapy is a vital resource to help us navigate our mental health but sometimes it can be hard because we’d like to seek help from a professional who can relate to our identity. Check out the custom list with contact info of therapist of color in the Greater Boston area to get you started.
Business Development Resource
At the past Queens Dinner: Boss Babe Brunch Edition, we spoke a lot about entrepreneurship and many of you mentioned that you don’t exactly know where to start when it comes to creating your own business. Well, we have exciting news! Got an idea or business that you are ready to take to the next level? Smarter in the City has partnered with EforAll to offer a year long Accelerator Program. This Winter Program kicks off with 12-weeks of classes starting in December and we are accepting applications until Friday, October 18 at noon.
This program is FREE and open to anyone with an idea or early concept to start a business. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Thursdays from 11am to 1pm. Entrepreneurs will also meet weekly with a team of mentors in addition to class time.
Ready to apply? Apply below and be sure to mention that you are a member of Queens Company since we have a relationship with Smarter in the City!
Health and Wellness Resource
Check out this great Vegan French Toast recipe, created by Queens Co’s very own, Joanne Dorgilus!
Vegan french toast
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1c of oat milk or almond milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 slice of whole wheat Bread or any bread you like
In a large bowl, mix everything together and lightly dip the slices of bread in the milk mixture so that it is covered on both sides but don’t soak the bread. Cook the bread in a lightly greased skillet for 4 mins or until golden.
Financial Empowerment Resource
7 TOP GRANTS OR FREE MONEY FOR BLACK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
New Voices Fund
SheaMoisture haircare and skincare products founder Richelieu Dennis announced a $100 million fund for women entrepreneurs of color at the 2018 Essence Festival.
Girlboss Foundation Grant
Grants are awarded on a biannual basis to individuals pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. Each grant beneficiary receives project funding for $15,000, plus exposure through the Girlboss platform and community, as well as local and regional press.
Minority Business Development Agency
The MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that assists minorities and women in establishing and growing their businesses. On its site, you can research grants and access links to state agencies that work with women-owned businesses for funding opportunities.
National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants
This program allows business owners to apply for financing a particular small business need. Worth up to $4,000 each, past recipients used their growth grants to purchase computers, hire part-time help, and create marketing materials.
The Amber Grant Foundation
Awards $500 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $2,000. The application is relatively simple: Applicants must explain what your business is and describe what you’d do with the grant money. The foundation’s advisory board chooses the winners, looking for women with passion and a good story.
Search through their database of grants offered to women and minority business owners.