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In 2019, Nathan invited underrepresented leaders, owners, and interested parties to have a conversation in Vancouver, WA about business, community, and life. The conversation was requested by all parties to continue and hasn’t stopped.
Anyone who identified as the following: minority, women, veteran, students, supporters. All are welcome.
The reality of access and equity to the opportunities of entrepreneurship and leadership isn’t always fair. Our company understands the barriers to access to success still exist. Every business owner, entrepreneur, and leader deserves the opportunity to start, scale, and sustain their business ventures with their wins and losses.
A few years ago, I started to take the advice of others to build my business around another model. To make a long story short, it almost wiped our business out. I realized my former business model worked, which was helping those who were like me and believed in me.
We at NW & Associates, LLC identify as a bipoc (aka, Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), woman, and veteran-owned business. When I started to focus back on what I knew, our business picked up and led us to where we are today.
To take it a step further, I created a FB Live video in 2019, and it led to me creating a new service called Connected. You can watch the video if you click the link, it will redirect you to Facebook.
I created Connected because I was tired of feeling the need to do business in Portland and focus on Vancouver, WA. In my opinion, we focus too much on Portland businesses and leaders than our own. So that’s when I said “enough is enough” and put together a morning coffee, and we filled the room.
Why am I telling you this?
There is a collective group of people who want this as well because we know Vancouver is a perfect microcosm of a community that gets overlooked. As I’ve witnessed all my life, the community of Connected professionals has a mindset of building others as we grow.
As I told the group, my goal is to be an investor so that I can offer startup funds, loans, business development consulting, an incubator space, mentorship, and camaraderie. There’s a lot of work I need to do, but I know it needs to be done. However, I can’t do it by myself.
If you’d like to help, I offer an invitation for us to sit down and chat.
In February 2020, we had a great happy hour event. Funny enough, I couldn’t even capture all who showed up. I’m proud to say that we have many local professionals and leaders who want to connect and do business together.
This was the validation I needed to go further, work harder, and make it happen on a grander scale.
There’s a lot more to say, but I wanted to keep it brief. In order to make a difference, we have to make progress on the things we can do.
We all have something to offer.
We all know things need to change.
We all can make a difference.
In case you didn’t know by now, I dream big. And thank you to all those who continue to encourage me to not settle and be me.