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SOUL'lutions Business Accelerator minimizes the barriers facing local African-American start-up businesses. The program is a six-week course that provides coaching around such topics as business planning, marketing, development, and customer retention. Upon successful completion of the program, active and operational vendors will be eligible for a 0% loan program.
2015 Business Accelerator Application – Selma 2015 Business Accelerator Application – Birmingham Business Accelerator A business accelerator provides business development and/or support services for use by the participants. These services shall include,but are not limited to, financial consulting assistance, management and marketing development, business education, customer relations, legal assistance and investor pitch preparation as a […]
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In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the trailblazing march from Selma to Montgomery, AL for civil and voting rights – and coinciding with President Barack Obama’s address to mark the occasion – on March 7, 2015, the Emerging ChangeMakers Network hosted a panel discussion sponsored by its program offshoot, SOUL’UTIONS. The panel, entitled MY […]
SOUTHERN JAM REPORTS EVENT NARRATIVE The 2nd Annual Southern Jam took place from May 27 – June 1, 2014 at the Prama Institute, a non-profit, holistic retreat center located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, in Marshall, NC. The Southern Jam’s goals were to: 1) End fragmentation of efforts by bringing organizers together […]
To address the need for impact capital focused on food systems in rural Alabama, Emerging ChangeMakers Network has launched the “SOUL’utions Business Accelerator” and the “SOUL’utions Investment Club.” These programs are designed to employ an economic strategy for harnessing the assets of community residents and connecting investors to viable markets.
Harnessing the Power Recognizing a need to facilitate a turnkey and accessible platform for seamlessly converting individual empowerment into community advancement, social entrepreneur Jessica Norwood sought to establish a grassroots extension of her influential Emerging ChangeMakers Network. The charity pinpoints marginalized communities within the Deep South, and, through the strategic deployment of capital, policy and leadership […]
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The impact of the SOUL’UTIONS initiative has been striking – and our efforts are burgeoning and becoming more ambitious with each project. Examples of some successfully executed collaborations include: Tuskegee University – SOUL’UTIONS facilitated a small farmers Wal-Mart initiative, providing consulting on strategies for bringing more capital to the project. North Mobile County Food Park and Market– worked with Mobile county and city of Prichard, AL to create more opportunity […]
Rose and Tamera Hill Used Seed-Capacity Grant to Launch Dream Retail Shop. Rose and Tamera Hill are participants in the SOUL’utions Business Accelerator program – a 60-hour intensive curriculum designed to accelerate a socially conscious business and get it investment-ready. After navigating through a competitive application process and pitching their business idea, the budding entrepreneurs […]
The Emerging ChangeMakers Network brings innovative ideas and inspiring leaders together to address issues of economic injustice within the Deep South. Our “change-making” activities are focused in three (3) key areas: leadership, capital, and policy. The combined strategic application of these business elements effectively work to dramatically alter the status or conditions in historically marginalized communities.
Every person possesses capabilities and gifts – often untapped – that should be allowed to flourish and be expressed, unfettered. The creation of a healthy, inclusive community depends on creating an environment that acknowledges the full realization of everyone’s abilities, no matter the capacity. When people are denied the opportunity to share the wholeness of who they are and the gifts they have to offer, our communities suffer. We believe the importance of establishing a platform for connection – between those with generosity to offer and those who are in need – is the solution to the fragmented system that keeps us from exploring and tendering our fullest potential.
Since 2007, the Emerging ChangeMakers Network has evolved as a lifestyle organization that helps civic-minded individuals tap into their full promise – through the philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit – by connecting them to strategies that can lead to building resilient communities in the U.S. South.
EntrepreneurshipEducationMutual ResponsibilitySelf-CriticismAccountabilityTransparencyReciprocityInnovationCreative ExpressionConstructive CriticismSharingCo-creationLife ExperienceSelf-AwarenessJusticeGreat EffortCommunityRecyclingInterconnectednessStrategic PlanningCelebrationCooperative OwnershipQualityFaithHopeProcess and Product Learning and Unlearning.
This is who we are - the Change Agents behind ECMN.
Teumbay “Tee” Barnes, Chairperson of the Board
Cora Cade Lemmon, Elder Advisor
Deborah Scott, Fiscal and Program Management Advisor
Bob Dickerson, Small Business Lending Advisor
LaTosha Brown, Philanthropic Advisor
Jesse Norwood, Strategic Advisor
Marjorie Kelly, Community Investing Advisor
Shilpa Jain, Visionary Young Leadership Advisor
Malika Fortier, Esq. Community Engagement Advisor
Ricardo Woods, Esq. Legal Advisor
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