Mecca Bey – Web Curator & Social Media Maven Extraordinaire
News & Reviews From A Professional Muse
Shop Ziamond.com Today!



Entrepreneurship

March 22, 2012

Entrepreneurs and small business owners work their ‘side hustles’

hustling

One is a local crafter who specializes in hand made baby clothes. Another is a state department employee by day and talent agent on the side. A third is the director of a local non-profit that teaches health and wellness to Ward 8 residents.


Local entrepeneurs gather at ‘The Hive’ on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. (The Hive – The Hive)All are part of an emerging collective of entrepreneurs that meets monthly for a session known as Side Hustle Saturdays. The gathering, in the heart of Anacostia, is a chance for entrepreneurs to network and share ideas with other who are hustling to make it.

The mission is simple: help people handle their own business in this time of economic austerity and continued uncertainty.

“We have opportunities here in Ward 8 for economic development,” said Nikki Peele, 35, the blogger, activist and small businesswoman who started the event. “I think a lot of us had gotten used to the security of a check. But when people started losing jobs or hours, many of us were forced to start doing things that we always wanted to do but were afraid to because we didn’t want to lose that steady paycheck.”

Nearly 30 budding entrepreneurs showed up at The Hive for the inaugural meeting on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. last month. Their next meeting is Feb. 25.

Soyini George, 40, founded a handmade baby clothing business,Yinibini Baby, two years ago after she was laid off from the Smithsonian. Growing up, her father always told her to have a skill that she could turn into a business in case she was unemployed. Now, she makes dresses, bibs and washcloths for babies, items that are now sold in a dozen Whole Foods stores.

“It’s taken a lot of persistence and there’s a lot of room for growth but things are going well,” she said. She can’t yet live “comfortably” off of her business, but finds inspiration in the new group.

Veronica Davis, 32, a blogger and small business owner in Fairfax Village said the collective is outgrowth of a new generation of black Washingtonians less interested in working for the government and institutions and more focused on developing their own business ideas.

“What you see is that many of us are figuring out that the only way to work for a company that shares your values and gives you a level of freedom the we want is to start your own company,” said Davis, co-founder of Nspiregreen, an environmental consulting firm in Anacostia.

Barrington Little, 25, co-founder of NewLyfe Dezigns, a management company, began working with a visual artist, recently released from prison who has a talent for sketching portraits. Little and the artist, Samuel Capies, are hoping to get his work into galleries around the city.

“This is our baby,” said Little, referring to the project. Like the more than two dozen participants last month he traded ideas and business cards with his support group. “It’s great to see Anacostia coming back,” he said. “Who knows where we’ll be in five or 10 years.”

Peele, the organizer, said that in these times of economic hardship, black communities need to take command of their own development. “We need to get back to some mom and pop stuff,’ she said. “We’re going to have to get back to our roots.”

Reposted from The Washington Post By 



About the Author

Mecca Bey





Shop Ziamond.com Today!
 
 

 
mentor

7 Reasons You Need a Mentor

And as your venture grows, odds are good that you’ll need help with different things in broad categories like strategy, finance, people and product. Do you know everything you need to turn your idea into a billion dollar ...
by Mecca Bey
0

 
 
wah1

Secret to Increased Productivity: Don’t Come to the Office

If your employees don’t work from home, you’re missing out on tons of benefits. Guidelines to make a work-from-home program work. I recently had a conversation with some fellow small business owners and was surprise...
by Mecca Bey
0

 
 
white-house-pan_17097

An Easier Way to Work With Government (Yes, Really)

The SBA, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, launched a new marketplace for small business. The SBA, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, is bringin...
by Mecca Bey
0

 

 
8-ways-come-up-business-idea

8 Ways to Come Up With a Business Idea

The start of the year is a great time to gear up to start a business. But, of course, you first need to figure out a winning concept. “You have to come up with a lot of ideas to be successful,” says Stephen Key, co...
by Mecca Bey
0

 
Hayneedle Specialty Online Retailers: Shop Now!
 
wah

This Week’s Work At Home Jobs

    Home Based Sales Representative – Healthcare Practice Group Location: Home Based (Work-from-Home) Job Code: 26 Description Home-Based Sales Representative – Healthcare Practice Group Description Are yo...
by Mecca Bey
0

 




FREE Shipping on Everything - Use Code EB-4374

0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


You must be logged in to post a comment.


FREE Shipping on Everything - Use Code EB-4374