Over 100 Atlanta small business owners joined Hello Alice and Mastercard on September 13, 2022 for a curated evening of networking, conversation, and light bites while shopping Black-owned small businesses at The Village Retail — all part of the Mastercard Strive tour heading to New York and more cities soon!
The evening featured a lineup of intriguing speakers from Mastercard and the Hello Alice community who discussed the triumphs and challenges of Atlanta’s Black-owned small business community, including:
- Paul Wilson JR., Innovation & Entrepreneurship Director, Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneur
- Patrice Jackson, owner, Sweet Honey Rose
- Dr. Erica Gamble, owner, The Wig Dr. Boutique and Hair Loss Center
- Lakeysha “Dr. Key” Hallmon, founder and CEO, The Village Retail Market
The support, creativity, and energy among all attendees was a reminder of the resilience of Hello Alice’s community of 1M+ owners and our commitment to getting you the resources you need to grow. Why? As Patrice of Sweet Honey Rose summed it up: “It’s the pride you feel when people keep coming back, time and time again, not just to do you favors – but because your product is changing their lives.”
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About the Hello Alice and Mastercard Partnership
In partnership with Hello Alice, Mastercard has pledged $500 million to help
close the racial wealth and opportunity gap for Black communities across America.
Together we’re focused on getting small business owners the capital, technical assistance, and tools they need to grow: