This past April 12, MABEE's ResourceFULL Black Businesses event was deeply touching and powerful.
In all, we brought together nearly 99 entrepreneurs in front of 20 resources, documented 285 connections, and granted a total $10,000 to emerging entrepreneurs!
All together we were about 153 in the same space, focused on building the HIVE.
This incredibly powerful - and important - event also resulted in 31 new entrepreneurs signing up for a Business Needs Survey to help assess their specific and unique needs that we'll use to help connect them to critical resources in partnership with MadREP. This will be vital to their economic development.
At the event, we also awarded low barrier grants to Black entrepreneurs that participated. The reactions were truly emotional and phenomenal, especially since so many of the awardees were on their last legs in desperate need of a helping hand. Now, with ResourceFULL Black Businesses, we gave these emerging entrepreneurs the boost they need to start, expand, and stabilize.
Although only some received funding, everyone at the event was able to participate in our signature HIVE Networking Activity, where we documented over 258 unique connections! These Partner, Mentor, Resource, and Client relationships demonstrated the amazing successes that can come out of the HIVE.
In Madison, many of us suffer from what's called the "Crab Mentality": in our struggle to rise, we pull our companions down. That's why it's so important to work together to empower one another - not bring each other down.
A perfect example of this collaborative approach is our signature HIVE Networking Activity, in which attendees were instructed to make three meaningful connections (mentor, partner, client, resource, etc.), document those connections and their commitments, and then sign up for the Business Needs Survey. This process of connecting taught participants the invaluable mindset of collaboration and working together.
If you're interested in getting involved, you can learn more about the membership levels and join us as a Supporter, Member, Ally or Partner. Please consider joining the HIVE today. You can stay connected by clicking the "Donate" and "Join" buttons above.
Lastly, we'd like to thank our Sponsors and Key Partners for making this event a success. And we're just getting started - we are already preparing for a bigger, even more generous ResourceFULL event in October! For the Eventbrite link, click here!
To learn about our sponsorship levels, click here!