Wacif and Global Empowerment Solutions Partner to Launch “The Holiday Hustle” for Local Entrepreneurs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 26, 2018

CONTACT:
Jeremy Cullimore, (202) 529-5505 ext. 214
jcullimore@wacif.org

Wacif and Global Empowerment Solutions Partner to Launch “The Holiday Hustle” for Local Entrepreneurs

Innovative program will train entrepreneurs on how best to manage their “Holiday Hustle”

Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2018) – The Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Global Empowerment Solutions (GES) to offer, “The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom” program through the Minnesota Avenue Main Street, a Downtown Ward 7 initiative.

The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom is a program designed for entrepreneur hustlers and conscientious shoppers alike. In “The Workroom”, entrepreneur hustlers learn how to turn their creative passion into a profitable enterprise. In “The Showroom”, shoppers are given the opportunity to buy directly from entrepreneur hustlers who make or source their items including jewelry, clothing, body products and other unique finds.

“Innovative partnerships and programs are key to expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs,” said Harold Pettigrew, Wacif Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with GES to bring their signature programming to the Minnesota Avenue Main Street to help the small business owners and entrepreneurs along Minnesota Avenue NE and the surrounding community.”

Many entrepreneur hustlers who are driven by their creative passions are activated during holidays and special occasions such as the upcoming Spring, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and the beginning of wedding season. The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom which will be hosted on Minnesota Avenue NE will help creative entrepreneurs prepare for these holidays and events through greater access to business development training and capital.

“Partnering with a strong community-based organization like Wacif and the Minnesota Avenue Main Street ensures a sustainable community connection for the training program and the entrepreneurs,” says Samira Cook Gaines, Co-Founding Partner of GES.

All GES signature programs offer a combination of coaching, capital and customer connections that provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to increase their market exposure and sell their products to their community. “Neighbors are often looking for ways to connect with and buy from small and local entrepreneurs,” says Candice Miles, Co-Founding Partner of GES. “The Holiday Hustle: Workroom & Showroom program is designed is help people test the marketability of their creative passions while learning the necessary steps to start and grow a profitable small business.”

To apply and learn more, please visit: www.TheHolidayHustle.com. Applications are due by 11:59 PM, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

About Washington Area Community Investment Fund

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. (Wacif) is a regional nonprofit community development organization whose mission is to promote equity and economic opportunity in underserved neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Since its inception in 1987, Wacif has closed nearly 400 loans totaling over $32 million, with strategic investments in small business startup and growth, affordable housing and cooperatives, and child care and community facilities. For more information on Wacif, please visit www.wacif.org.

About Minnesota Avenue Main Street

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street works to drive economic growth and opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs along Minnesota Avenue NE in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. The commercial area is the second largest historic commercial district located east of the Anacostia River and anchored by the intersection of Minnesota Avenue NE and Benning Road NE. The Minnesota Avenue Main Street supports equitable development which creates a vibrant and inclusive business ecosystem through commercial revitalization, promotion and design. The Minnesota Avenue Main Street, a Downtown Ward 7 Initiative, was designated in 2017 and is operated by the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif). For more information on the Minnesota Avenue Main Street, please visit: www.wacif.org

About Global Empowerment Solutions

Global Empowerment Solutions (GES) is a minority, woman-owned firm dedicated to helping create sustainable wealth through entrepreneurship and economic development in cities and countries across the world. GES is headquartered in Washington, DC and the Co-Founding Partners have over 25 years of combined experience in women’s issues, economic empowerment, economic development, business development, and government procurement. GES collaborates with governments and organizations to create entrepreneur eco-systems through programming, partnerships, and policy. For more information on Global Empowerment Solutions, please visit: www.globalempowerment-us.com

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