Over 25 years ago, Sisterhood Agenda, started small and grew to serve over 6,000 global partners in 36 countries with over 4,000 partners in the U.S. After Celebrating Sisterhood: 25 Years of Service at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are currently raising funds to level the playing field to bring women of color businesses into global markets as equal players in the economy with our new Sisterhood Business Center.
Sisterhood Agenda is an award-winning, nationally-recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization created to educate, support, and empower women and girls with a special emphasis on women of color as a historically at-risk and traditionally underserved population.
Women entrepreneurs and business owners
In the United States, women business owners have a growth rate twice that of all U.S. companies, employ one out of every four workers in the country, and contribute more than $1.9 trillion in annual revenues. With clear unique multiplier benefits, women entrepreneurs are uniquely more likely to:
- Deliver a higher return on
- Create lasting gains in education and health in their families and
- Share their economic rewards with their
- Invest in others like them.
- Re-invest the vast majority of their earnings into their families
Women of color entrepreneurs and business owners
While economic growth is often driven by women, women of color require access to knowledge and tools to optimize success in the business environment, access that has been historically denied.
Women of color business owners are enterprising and resilient. Our global partners are growing every week and are doing amazing work. Yet, we are not reaching our full potential. At Sisterhood Agenda, we recognize the structural, systematic, and interpersonal racism, sexism, and bias that disproportionately affects women of color business owners, impede our success, and perpetuate economic and social inequality.
The need for the Sisterhood Business Center has been reiterated by our constituents, women-led business agencies, and by women business leaders themselves. Many women who have experienced frustration in not being able to access COVID-19 and other business funding opportunities felt excluded from the process and are actively searching for much-needed alternatives. They welcome the Sisterhood Business Center as a fresh, innovative, and much- needed approach.
Sisterhood Agenda’s social impact is expanded through partnerships with agencies, individuals, and businesses. Utilizing a collaborative approach with government, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs, Sisterhood Agenda will open the Sisterhood Business Center as a culturally-relevant, community-based economic development strategy to provide capacity building and business growth that includes technical assistance, training, job creation/retention, contracts and financing assistance, advocacy, referrals, funding opportunity research, and other business development services, including support services, for women-owned minority business enterprises (MBEs) throughout the United States.
The Sisterhood Business Center is a unique, systematic approach to empowerment, social change, and economic development.
Specifically created to identify the needs of minority women entrepreneurs and business owners, the Center embodies the spirit of sisterhood and the manta, “We are our sister’s keeper” by providing access to resources and opportunities for women of color business success. No woman is an island and we want women to know that they are not alone.
With an annual budget of $500,000 (itemized budget available upon request), the Sisterhood Business Center is designed to be sustainable and standardized to scale throughout the United States as a best practice. Your donation today will mean so much to us, the women we serve, and all of our communities.
We hope that you will join our cause!