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How A Nurse Created A Platform To Empower Black Women Businesses

I have always been passionate about advocacy, women, equality, startups and the black race. Current situations have further inspired me to take action by creating this platform that collects stories from black women in business for when the trend is over… By doing so, we will be changing the narrative, telling our own stories and inspiring a new generation of black women to start and grow their own businesses

Tell Us About Yourself

My name is Jocelyn, founder of Black Girl Maker (BlackGirlMaker.co)

Where Are You From?

Ghana, West Africa

When Did You Start?

Black Girl Maker was conceived and founded in the summer of 2022

What Inspired You To Start?

I have always been passionate about advocacy, women, equality, startups and the black race. Current situations have further inspired me to take action by creating this platform that collects stories from black women in business for when the trend is over… By doing so, we will be changing the narrative, telling our own stories and inspiring a new generation of black women to start and grow their own businesses

How Did You Start?

Black Girl Maker was quick to market a few months after inception of the idea. This was to create an opportunity to validate the idea, collect stories right from the start and serve as a hub with a unique voice that elevates the black woman in business

How Have You Funded This Business?

Black Girl Maker is self funded. We look forward to opportunities to collaborate, partner and receive investment from major stakeholders who align with our ethos.

How Are You Growing

As a startup, I am incredibly proud of the response to invitation from black women in business so far. We have exciting stories loading and soon to be featured. We are looking to achieve our initial target of reaching out to and featuring 300 black women businesses in our first year of operation.

What’s A problem You Frequently Face As A Founder?

Finding the right people. This is always on my mind as we will need people who understand our brand, our vision and believe in our mission to be part of us as we grow.

How Has Being A Black Woman Impacted Your Growth?

Being a black woman has given me the unique insight and opportunity to understand myself and my target market, the black woman entrepreneur. I am able to connect to their personal journey, struggles and successes. I believe the world is beginning to listen and pay attention to mostly ignored entrepreneurs from the black community and this gives me an opportunity to engage with major stakeholders in the business world to discuss and provide resources that elevates businesses from the black community especially the black woman.

How Do You Stay Motivated Through The Ups And Downs Of Growing A Business?

I am inspired by the individual stories of the women who are interviewed by this platform. I feel privileged to be able to learn from their journey and also contribute to expanding awareness of their brands through this platform. By doing so not only are their unique voices being heard, we are creating economic opportunities that comes with increased brand awareness.

Does Equality, Diversity And Inclusion Mean Anything To You? Elaborate.

Yes it does! In fact my current role in the health sector is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Health Visitor working specially with families from the refugee and asylum seeking communities. Creating equity for the under represented is important and honestly, it should be our natural inclination as people. By elevating the mostly forgotten, ignored and overlooked, we prove that we do not only look out for ourselves but others too, creating a fairer, inclusive society.

How Do You Unwind

I love to sing and connects with my inner being (spirituality) through songs. I also go for long walks round the park just to clear my head and have space to breath

If You Had One Piece Of Advice For A Black Woman Just Starting Out, What Would It Be?

Don’t Give Up: whatever it takes, whatever comes your way, you are more than capable. You’ve got what it takes and BGM is here to cheer you all the way!

Legacy: Why Do You Do What You Are Doing?

To tell our stories our way. To change the narrative. To elevate the black race, especially the woman building an empire. To inspire younger black women to see and know that it’s been done by their kind, therefore, they can do it too.

What Academic Qualifications Do You Have?

PGDip In Public Health Nursing

Your Fave 3 Black Girl Brands

A.A.K.S

EssieSpice

SelinaBeb

Where Can We Contact You?

IG @blackgirlmaker

Website: blackgirlmaker.co


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