How the SBA’s collaboration with the Divine Nine is driving business growth – Dr. Stacie NC Grant

On today’s episode of The SBA Update, we discuss the relationship between the SBA, the Divine Nine (D-9), and the National Pan-Hellenic Council and honor Women’s History Month. Joining us are Dr. Stacie NC Grant, an Entrepreneur and International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Allen Thomas, the SBA Regional Administrator. 

Key Takeaways 

1. Dr. Grant is not only a leader within Zeta Phi Beta Sorority but also a symbol of community, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. As a New Yorker with a global impact and a small business owner, she offers a multifaceted view of leadership deeply rooted in scholarship, service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood. Her journey reflects a commitment to these values, demonstrating how they can guide successful organizational and personal growth.

2. Dr. Grant highlights the partnership between the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Zeta Phi Beta, and the Small Business Administration to provide more support for small businesses. Such collaborations enhance the scope and efficacy of entrepreneurial support programs.

3. She discusses the Women Who Win initiative as part of a broader effort to support female entrepreneurs within her organization and the wider community. This initiative reflects a commitment to creating opportunities for women to succeed in business, promoting economic independence, and contributing to the broader goal of economic justice.

4. Additionally, Dr. Grant discusses the critical role of accessible business resources, sharing her own experiences with the SBA’s programs. Her testimony underscores the importance of these resources in helping entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of starting and growing a business. 

5. Dr. Grant’s message of resilience and taking action resonates throughout the interview. She encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to start their journeys despite imperfections and external challenges, emphasizing the importance of moving forward with courage and determination. Her perspective is that obstacles can be transformed into opportunities for growth and success, highlighting the importance of a proactive and resilient mindset in the entrepreneurial world.

"This partnership with the SBA allows us to individualize our approach to expanding the SBA's work and how we can create more small business owners who are successful in their endeavors." – Dr. Stacie NC Grant

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