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Comedienne Joy King’s businesses have taken flight, and she’s crediting YWCA Central Alabama‘s WE360 program. The organization will support and empower even more women like Joy with the second cohort of their wildly successful entrepreneurship program, launching today.
The epic success story of Joy King
If you haven’t had the privilege of meeting Joy yet, allow me to introduce her. She’s a local tour guide, food blogger, TV host, entrepreneur and so much more. Even Beyoncé herself is a fan of her work. Yep, I said Beyoncé.
Joy was a participant in YWCA Central Alabama‘s WE360 program and the training, mentorship and grant access were game changers in continuing her successful empire. And she didn’t stop there. Joy went on to place second in YWCA’s national “Start it Up” pitch competition!
“The WE360 Program is excellent for businesses already established as it is the next level of training I had been looking for. The one-on-one mentorship gave me great business tips to push my business forward. It was like having a big sister to give you some sound business advice. I really would love to see more entrepreneurs participate in the program.”— Joy King
What is YWCA Central Alabama?
ICYMI, YWCA Central Alabama has been going above and beyond to serve the community since its founding in 1903. That’s 118 years of promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all across our city and throughout Jefferson, Blount and St. Clair counties.
Their overall mission is to eliminate racism and empower women in our community. To accomplish this, they offer programs like community housing, domestic violence services and much more.
YWCA Central Alabama’s WE360 Program
YWCA Central Alabama launched their WE360 program last spring, with an inaugural cohort of 37 women (including Joy). Throughout the program, these women built up their businesses through professional skills and support from national business experts they would not otherwise have access to.
During the six-week course, the entrepreneurs received personalized coaching and mentorship, while learning tangible skills like marketing, scaling a business and raising capital. Upon completion of the program, they received access to seed money to get things moving. Bonus? They were also eligible to apply for additional grants for even more funding.
“This program is life-changing! I have been so impressed and inspired by the women and girls who have shared their dreams and passions with us. I am equally proud of the support our YW team has provided to help these entrepreneurs take their businesses and ideas to the next level. This is exactly the kind of intentional support for women and girls our community needs to thrive and flourish.”— Dr. LaRhonda Magras, CEO, YWCA Central Alabama
YWCA Central Alabama’s WE360 Returns
Due to the incredible success of the program last spring, YWCA Central Alabama has brought it back! It kicks off today, September 9, with a promising cohort of budding businesswomen and entrepreneurs.