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Unlocking the Doors to Access for Black-Owned Businesses - Funders and Founders Share Their Real Life Stories
Recorded Webinar (online)
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About the event

Access to capital still leads as one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners today. And that challenge is even greater for Black women-owned small businesses. But how do we move from saying that it’s necessary to unlock access, to opening the door to take action?

In this salon-style discussion, Shelly Bell, Founder of Black Girl Ventures will have an honest conversation with both funders and founders – sharing their stories on unlocking access and what it truly takes to unlock and walk through the door.

This webinar is a part of the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE.

 SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting SBA Cosponsorship Authorization #21-21-C​.


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Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions, and governments across more than 200 countries and territories. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable, and secure payment network, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at

About the presenters
Shelly Bell - Founder of Black Girl Ventures
Shelly Bell
Shelly Bell is a systems disruptor. She’s blazed new ways of thinking across the educational, political, and financial systems and scaled over 100 businesses across sectors.
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Ehime Eigbe-Akindele - Sweetkiwi
Ehime Eigbe-Akindele
Ehime is the Founder of Sweetkiwi, a CPG company which makes the best tasting, low calorie yet nutrient-dense treats.  She is a Visa grant recipient, a Sara Blakely X Spanx Grant Recipient, Acumen 2021 Fellow, the winner of Black Girls Venture DC pitch competition and many other awards.
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Dana Pope - Fearlessly Hue, LLC
Dana Todd Pope
Dana Todd Pope, born Dana Todd, is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, author, illustrator, model, actress, and fashion designer from the South Side of Chicago. She describes her work as encouraging, disruptive, and self-affirming. In addition to her fine art, Dana is most noted for her children’s room home decor series, recently rebranded as Fearlessly Hue LLC
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Troy Dennis
Troy has over 25 years' experience in the financial service industry. He has held leadership positions that include US Head of Product and Operations. At TD Bank, Troy led product, marketing, acquisitions, analytics, customer experience, and P&L accountability for consumer and small business credit card segments.
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Donald Hawkins
With a career that covers both media and technology, Donald Hawkins applies a diverse mix of skills to his role as Founder & Chief Executive Officer of his affinity neobank, First Boulevard.
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Small Business Week Virtual Summit
National Small Business Week Virtual Summit
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