Holiday Networking with the Greensboro Community Development Fund



This month we are celebrate Success at the Nussbaum Center. The GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING has been great and we want to let you know the awesome changes for 2018! Plus we want you to BRAG ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS! We are going to record testimonials and share them with our fans.  

Meet us from 6-8 pm at 1451 S. Elm Eugene St.Greensboro NC 27406 with the Greensboro Community Development Fund Director Wilson Lester and find out how your business can get the Access to Capital that it need. 

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An evening information exchange with an educational component, coupled with curated communal networking for the movers and shakers in the Triad.

Access is defined as the freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something. The Access Networking Series is here to provide tangible learning, connections, and economic development to new and existing businesses in the Piedmont Triad area. Our goal is to coalesce resource partners, consultants, for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Triad.


Existing Businesses that Want to Grow.

Existing Businesses that need Guidance in Specific Areas.

New Businesses that Need Direction.

People Considering a Business and Want to Explore Options.

Anyone that feels STUCK in their business.



If you realize that you need help to gain traction, start, grow, and maintain your nonprofit this is the place for you to be. The Consultants can provide you with the guidance you need and set appointments to help your organization.  

Plus…this event is Free & Open to the Public.

Please share this event with all your business contacts, clients, and those interested in Amplifying their business relationships.

Share the event on Facebook.


#BrownGirlsWinning will  feature Monifa Coffe of Txture Magazine 

Monifa Coffee is the true definition of a multifaceted millennial. 

With over 14 years working in entertainment & media industry; from celebrity makeup artist working with Nickelodeon, VH1, BET & CNN and 4 years as creator  to Publisher of TXTURE Magazine, Monifa has also become a media industry go-to-girl for digital content, digital marketing, social media activation and visual campaigns. 

When TXTURE Magazine took a financial blow in 2015, used her publication platform & contacts to curate creative direction for talent, existing brands and small businesses looking for new ways to connect and gain brand awareness. 

She has worked with big brands including Creme of Nature, ORS, Just Water, Cantu and Beasley Media group; helping them achieve marketing goals and curation of unique digital strategies. 

#BrownGirlsWinning  features and brand refresh workshop hosted by NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator, Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA. The Southern Belle Makeup Demo by Cierra Graham of Grahams of Hlam . Photos by the talented Tyrone Combs Photography, and a Dope Music Mix, Holiday Sangria & Light Nibbles! *

Plus vendors catered to women and men seeking their signature looks for 2018. The event will be hosted Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 2-6 pm at Advent Coworking located at 933 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204 and has a cost of $20 per person, which includes drinks, food, workshops and a copy of my Ebook, Top 10 To Do’s for a Glow Getter Brand. This event will get you prepared for Christmas and New Year’s with our awesome vendors with great prices and products. Get those unique gift items you don’t find in the stores. 

Attendee Investment $20! Get your tickets at




#BlackBlogger #BlackBloggersUnited #Vlogger #Blog #PlusSize #PersonalBrand #BrandStrategist #BlackWoman #WomenMatter #GoalDigger #FashionStatement #BlackWomenAtWork #Podcast #MicroPodcast #NaturalHair #NaturallyFly #Makeup #makeupcoach
#BrownGirlsWinningA #GlowGetIt Celebration! #BlackBeauty #BlackBusiness #EmbraceBlackness #BlackWomen #BlackMen #BlackProfessionals
#Dialogue #BlackBloggersUnited #BrandBuilding #EnhanceYourself #SelfCare #Happiness #Hustle #Charlotte #NC #SaveTheDate #ShareTheLove #SpreadTheWord


Lady Bizness Launches The Werkshop Series 

The Werkshop Series Powered by Lady Bizness launches Saturday, December 2, 2017 10 am-4 pm at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship located at 1451 S. Elm Eugene St, Greensboro, NC 27406. 

The Werkshop is an intensive training series for engaged entrepreneurs taking immediate action to create brands they love. This is not a fluff seminar. Instead this is time for you to dedicate to your business and accomplish your goals. Each workshop is designed to maximize time and has predesigned activities and focused tactics to help you have a finished product in a short amount of time. If you have been procrastinating, then this is the time to invest in yourself and get the training you need to really grow your business.

The first Werkshop is Marketing Yourself as a Life Coach. 

You have a desire to help other people get their lives together and now you need to market yourself to others.  This 1-day boot camp style workshop, will help you to create a program using the 90 Day Focus methodology, enhance your marketing efforts with a

– Targeted marketing plan

– Client Attracting Pitch

– Creating events

– Creating Videos

– Landing page for your prospective clients

Lunch is included in this Bootcamp Style Workshop.  

Who should attend?

-Current life or business coach that wants to differentiate themselves from the competition.

-New coaches who want to create programs that attract clients

-Experienced coaches that are looking to rebrand themselves

-Coaches looking to improve their social media marketing & engagement


-If you want to improve your business before 2018 gets here this is the 1 day seminar that will change your perspective and your bottomline. 

-You do need to have your social media accounts already set up for Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

-Computers & WIFI will be provided for your use during The Werkshop

This series is taught by NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator, Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA, CEO of Lady Bizness.   She has been successfully helping launch businesses and social enterprises for over 15 years. She teaches people how to grow their businesses using proven steps that are centered around her best-selling book, The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success. She prides herself on making sure the tips and tools that are used in the workshops help you immediately. Once you have your strategy, the next thing to do is execute it. She makes it easy to understand with a step by step process that you can easily manage and replicate.

Register now to attend


Be a Philanthropist with a Donation to Empowered Girls of North Carolina 

Many people like the idea of being a philanthropist but now you have an opportunity to start. I have a great cause for you to donate to. If you are in the #Greensboro #NC and surrounding areas and would like to donate products or services to the #nonprofit’s upcoming Annual High Tea & Silent Auction November 11th, please Email marketing[@] and please visit our website to learn more about us at 

And yes we are a 501 c 3 so your donations are tax deductible!! Please share with business owners and managers you know. If you are not in the area and want to donate you can do that on the site as well.

I am an Advisory Board member and have been volunteering with the organization for the last 2 years. I find it important to donate your time and energy back to an organization that Fosters mentoring and developing young girls in our community. 

#PowerGirlsNC has been serving girls as a nonprofit since 2000. We serve 100+ girls annually, ages 6 to 18. Our focus is #empowering girls for the future. 80% of our girls are #AfricanAmerican, 10% #Latina #Hispanic, 5% #White/European, and 5% #Multicultural. Nearly 70 percent of the girls we serve live in families earning $25,000 or less a year. Nearly half are from single-parent households, most of which are headed by women.

#501c3 #NGO #BlackPhilanthropy #NC #PowerGirlsNC #Nonprofits #Support #BlackGirlMagic #BrownGirlsWinning

Bennett M. Harris of STEAM Junction Joins the Triad Makers Summit

We are happy to announce that Bennett M. Harris will join us to host a seminar for the Triad NC Makers Summit on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Alamance Community College located at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253. The Summit will take place from 9 am – 3 pm and is free and open to the public.

Bennett “Ben”M. Harris is a Maker who has lived in Burlington NC since 1998. He became an entrepreneur in 2001 when he started a consulting business to provide services to companies that produced educational products. In 2004 he launched his own line of STEM Science Kits called “Reinventing Science” that have become best-sellers with educational supply companies throughout the country. In 2008 he took over production of his kits and made them out of his home using CNC Routers and other technology.

Ben-At-WhiteHouse-Number6VisitIn 2011 he was invited to exhibit his kits at the Maker Faire in San Mateo where he showed them off to over 150,000 people. Awakened to the power of the “Maker Movement” Ben returned to Alamance County and founded “The Alamance Makers Guild” a non profit group for local makers who have held almost 200 free public facing meetings and events over the last six years. Ben is also the founder and executive producer of Maker Faire Burlington, an event that has grown to be the largest Maker Faire in North Carolina. In 2016 he, along with two partners, launched STEAM Junction, LLC a new Makerspace in Downtown Burlington.


In 2014 Ben was recognized by the Obama Administration for the work he had been doing in STEM Education and at community building around the Maker Movement in Alamance County and North Carolina with an invitation as an “Honored Maker Attendee” to the first ever White House Maker Faire. Since then he has been invited back to the White House for five additional meetings where he was also able to take local community leaders. These meetings led to the formation of a nation-wide non-profit organization called “Nation of Makers” designed to promote the Maker Movement and help with the formation of Makerspaces. Ben currently serves as “Maker Ambassador to North Carolina” for Nation of Makers. Through STEAM Junction Ben works with local schools to promote STEM/STEAM Education and also encourages people to start new creative and technical businesses.

The Triad NC Makers Summit a 1 Day Business Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs who want to BUILD & BRAND their Businesses!


  • Product Development Resources
  • How to Launch Your Brand
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Selling Online & In person
  • State Regulations and Business Start Up


Register to attend this event here!

Guilford Nonprofit Consortium Tech Thursday in October Facilitated by Sue Polinsky President of TechTriad

They Made You the Webmaster?


You already have a full-time job and now you’re in charge of the website? It’s usually easy to change words (and make words bold or italic) but what about photos? You’re not a graphic artist but you have to take 20 pictures from a phone and put them on the website. What do you do?


Join Sue Polinsky, President of TechTriad, a Triad web development firm now entering its 20th year, to learn a FREE way to renamecropresize and save photos for your website. This painless Tech Thursday is designed specifically for Consortium members’ web graphics needs (“free and easy”).


You can send one photo that you actually have to use on your website to at least a day before the session and we’ll work on yours!


What we will do:

  • Rename a photo (or several at once)
  • Resize photos to fit your website
  • Crop photos to provide the best look
  • Save photos at the right size for the web


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Dr. Susan L. Polinsky is founder and president of, founded in 1998, a Greensboro-based full-service technology firm that specializes in creating fabulous websites, complex database-driven sites, growing technology and online activity for small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits. One of North Carolina’s oldest female-owned technology firms, TechTriad focuses on website development and Internet strategy for its clients. For thirteen years, TechTriad assists a Triad nonprofit each year with an “Extreme Nonprofit Makeover,” that includes a new website, technology upgrades and a social media strategy.


In addition to being recognized nationally one of the original Internet strategists and WordPress experts online, Sue is a community advocate dedicated to improving the Triad. She serves on the boards of several nonprofits and civic organizations and helped conceptualize and deliver area economic development opportunities through showcasing area technology talent. Sue founded and recently retired as the volunteer Chair of ConvergeSouth for ten years, the Triad’s first technology and innovation conference that draws a national attendance.


Sue is the mother of two wonderful grown children and an equally wonderful daughter-in-law, grandmother of two perfect little people and lives in Greensboro with her husband David, an attorney, with their rescued grand-dog, Mumfie.

Greensboro Community Development Fund to Host Minority and Women Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit


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The Greensboro Community Development Fund is hosting the inaugural Minority and Women Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Bank, on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering located at 2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401.

The Minority and Women Business Engagement and Inclusion Summit is designed to create awareness and communication about the partner MWBE companies in our economic ecosystem. “Wealth building for small business is not just about awareness, but transactional relationships and that’s what we want to see in our community” said Wilson Lester, GCDF Executive Director. The Greensboro Community Development Fund has a mission to shift the paradigm for small and under-connected businesses. The Engagement and Inclusion Summit is a vehicle for all professionals that touch these businesses from finance to manufacturing, to grow and develop together.

“Wells Fargo’s support for the Engagement and Inclusions Summit connects directly with our vision and values in that we want to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially,” said Pete Callahan, Commercial relationship manager and market president for Wells Fargo. “We value and learn from the diversity of our team members, customers and communities. It offers us a competitive advantage and is part of what makes our company special. It’s about building lifelong relationships, one customer at a time.”


During National Minority Economic Development Week, we will gather experts on Finance, Policy, and Federal Contracts, for a panel that will open the afternoon, leading directly into a keynote presentation. The day will conclude with a second panel of mavens in Diversity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation followed by a reception onsite.


Information Contact: DarLinda Finch

Business Link NC Joins the Triad NC Makers Summit

We are happy to announce that Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) will join us to host a seminar for the Triad NC Makers Summit on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Alamance Community College located at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253. The Summit will take place from 9 am – 3 pm and is free and open to the public.
BLNC is a free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina.  Working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce, they offer one-on-one phone consultations to people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina.
BLNC will be at the Summit to help business owners and entrepreneurs understand the needs for starting a business, choosing a legal structure, and answer your questions, and help attendees navigate topics like regulatory requirements, and licensing stipulations.

The Triad NC Makers Summit a 1 Day Business Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs who want to BUILD & BRAND their Businesses!


  • Product Development Resources
  • How to Launch Your Brand
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Selling Online & In person
  • State Regulations and Business Start Up
It is a treat to be able to have a representative in the building to answer questions that individuals have. Providing more value for the attendees is our goal with every summit and we always have excellent speakers and adding in concurrent sessions will provide more variety.  A full schedule will be announced in September.
If you are looking to attend please register now!