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Success Circles Entrepreneurs

A Small Business Capacity Building Program Powered by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Meet the entrepreneurs

What it means to have a Success Circle

"Success Circles has been absolutely phenomenal. The group of mentors Jill and her team have assembled for Swivel, from branding experts to fundraising pros and PR gurus have been transformational for our business.


When you're working with a small budget, one of the biggest hurdles startups can face is access to the right advisors to help you grow in critical areas. Success Circles has filled that gap for us. We feel honored to be part of this program and can already see the impact it's having on our business." 

Jihan Thompson, Swivel Beauty

“A great opportunity to connect with mentors and experienced entrepreneurs about cultivating successful business practices.”

Kimberly Gray, Uvii

 "Being an entrepreneur means you have to wear many hats. Having a Success Circle lessens the burden of trying to be an expert in every area. 


It not only provides me with additional resources, but it also allows me to apply my expertise in the areas where I am well versed. In fact, it gives me the mental space to be relaxed and effective in my business and personally." 

Adrienne Fudge, 40 Dreams Catering 

 "Being a part of the Success Circles program has truly impacted our early-stage startup. After our first pitch, we connected with the Managing Director of Goldenseeds who gave us transformative, valuable guidance on pitching, refining our business model, and learning investor lingo.


In addition, we connected with HR and Sales Advisors who came in and supported our team in scaling and making sure our due diligence was prepped for a successful future. Being in this program has led to tremendous growth and development for our company". 

Tiasia O'Brien, Seam Social Labs

Meet the Entrepreneurs

These entrepreneurs were selected through a competitive process to receive volunteer capacity-building support and implementation resources

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Seam Social Labs 

Synergize Insights is a real estate tech platform delivering intelligent insights on pre-emerging and emerging markets. Learn more about Seam Social Labs:

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UVII is mobile-first education, a collaborative learning app and video commenting plugin for educational institutions and enterprises.Learn more about Uvii:

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Boogie Down Grind Cafe 

The Boogie Down Grind Cafe, located in the South Bronx, is
an immersive themed Hip Hop experience that serves great specialty
espresso and teas, wine, beer and light fare.

Learn more about 

Boogie Down Grind Cafe:

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Adrienne Fudge
40 Dreams Catering 

40 Dreams Catering provides delicious, nutritious and healthy Home Delivered Meals to members participating in the Managed Long-Term Supports and Services program. 

Learn more about 40 Dreams: 

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Jihan Thompson
Swivel Beauty 

We make it easy for women of color to find hairstylists and hair salons for their unique hair type and texture—and book appointments all in one place. Learn more about

Swivel Beauty:

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IyaSokoya Karade
Athletic Arts Academy 

The Athletic Arts Academy is a gymnastics school that provides high-quality, professional instruction children deserve.  Learn more about

Athletic Arts Academy:

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Dr. Alissa Gardenhire
 Kids Win Tutoring Center

At Best in Class, we help students develop the skills and knowledge they need for a bright future. We offer individual and small group sessions with engaging course material aligned with common standards. Learn more about

Kids Win:

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Ready to help change business as usual?

Become a Success Circles volunteer.

Are you a Women of Color entrepreneur who needs help building the capacity to grow, scale and exit?  

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Apply to pitch at a future Success Circles Event!

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