Making Milestones with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
At Financial Joy School, we’re proud to partner with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a non-profit agency committed to helping entrepreneurs learn, grow, and flourish in their business. In the summer of 2021, our own Ruby Taylor was asked by both the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center to help launch Connect to More, their vision for female entrepreneurs in order to empower women for success in business.
Being a Black woman entrepreneur herself, Ruby jumped at the chance. Not only would the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center help her own business, Financial Joy School, but it would also help thousands of others take hold of their dreams and make them become reality.
“I learned from some fantastic women, shedding light on how outstanding women entrepreneurs are,” said Ruby Taylor. “The inspiration and joy I felt during those events is a motivator to keep pushing no matter what.”
The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center not only allows for entrepreneurs to more fully visualize their goals for their individual businesses, it also helps them to network and meet other goal-oriented people who have also started their own companies as well. Through its Milestone Circles program, not only do they build confidence and action toward meeting your company goals, but they also build a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Through this community, much-needed support and friendship is found. Women are not often taken seriously in a world of male entrepreneurs. Through the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, women are able to visualize their goals, determine their milestones, and build a clear business model that will help them meet these goals. Having a dream for a company is easy, implementing it is the hard part. The Milestone Circles program seeks to lead women through the process of determining their own company milestones and bringing them to fruition.
While the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center works hard to give women entrepreneurs all the tools they need to thrive in their respective businesses, they work with any entrepreneur to learn and grow as well. By providing not only resources, but by mentoring young and upcoming entrepreneurs, their goal is to support their businesses and help them to understand their full potential as leaders in the business world.
The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center does not stop at mentoring entrepreneurs, but helps them to become mentors themselves through online classes and their online community as well. The more you know, the better you can help someone else in the place you once were yourself. In this way, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is more of a family of entrepreneurs rather than an agency that offers quick strategies for business growth and money-making.
Sixty-one percent of their entrepreneurs are minorities while forty-nine percent are women. The impact of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in years to come can only be speculated now. However, we at Financial Joy School predict that the future is bright for minority and women CEOs. If you can dream it, you can do it. Never give up on yourself.
Through Ruby’s partnership with the NEC and Wells Fargo she received a $250,000 grant to create Project 10,000. Project 10,000 is an initiative geared towards providing essential financial education to Black and brown youth and families through LEGACY! Card Game.
To learn more about investing, closing the racial wealth gap, and growing generational wealth for Black and brown families, please visit Financial Joy School and become a part of our financial family.