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United Way grants $3,000 to African American Entrepreneurs Association

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The AAEA received the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Initiative Grant for their Access to Capital Workshop Series.
by: Guest Writer

from: African American Entrepreneurs Association

The United Way of Volusia-Flagler County has named the African American Entrepreneurs Association the recipient of its second grant distributed under United Way’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. The funds will support AAEA's Access to Capital Workshop Series.

The award recognizes the need for this education within the minority community and the need to teach community members the various elements of successful money usage and assorted venues for minority business owners to access much needed capital to grow and expand their businesses.  

“It is an honor to have such a supportive community partnership with the United Way of Volusia-Flagler County that sees the value to the minority business growth and development offered by our programs at the AAEA,” says Leslie Giscombe, Founder and CEO at African American Entrepreneurs Association. “The importance of bringing this kind of education and financial support to the minority community will in turn have resounding positive overall effects on the local communities as a whole. The board at the United Way of Volusia-Flagler County officially recognizes and supports that mission and has awarded the AAEA our first United Way grant.”

Maurice Myrick, community development director at AAEA, added: “Lives will be changed, and communities will be impacted as we strive to educate minority business owners to increase business, jobs, and financial stability for future generations. When we are united, we all win.”  

The ceremonial check award was presented to Giscombe and Myrick by Francine Martine, United Way community impact manager, and Heather Prasse, resource development senior manager, at the office located at 3674 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The community is encouraged to participate in this educational workshop series, hosted 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, on Zoom. Register for free at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81615597937 .

The AAEA was created to develop and create economic development through entrepreneurship within the underserved African American community through education, mentoring, workshops, group economics and micro-financing opportunities. The AAEA focuses its partnerships on businesses and organizations that are dedicated to the support of equity, diversity, and inclusion. It is imperative that as a community we support and work together. With any questions or concerns regarding the AAEA please call the AAEA office at 386-234-2014 or visit www.aaeassociation.org.

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