Feb 3, 2021

Slow and Steady Wins the Race...

Hear Our Students Pitch at our Upcoming Trade Show
Hear Our Students Pitch at our Upcoming Trade Show

The Resident Owned Business Incubator (ROBI) is slowly moving ahead.  We are graduating 13 new entrepreneurs who will be licensed and ready to legally do business here in the nation's capital.  We are also starting a new cohort on March 1, 2021.  This new cohort of 32 students has been waiting in our pipelines for more than 4 months.  They are excited and holding on to their seats as they have worked really hard to get into the 1-year program.  Students undergo a vigorous 15-week Bootcamp where they develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within their LivePlan business planning accounts.  Afterward, they are supported through group coaching efforts which are designed to help with the application of what they have learned.  This is the time where they put their websites together, put the finishing touches on their presentations, and perfect their pitches. 

Students who are graduating from this current cohort will move forward to pitch for $6,000 in cash that will be split among the top 3 winners.  Our 1st place winner will walk away with $3,000 in cash, 2nd place-$2,000 and 3rd place winner will receive $1,000 in cash. 

Pitch competitions will take place at the Virtual Section 3 Tradeshow, Pitch, and Expo hosted by Can I Live.  Event details can be found here: www.robiconnect.com 

ROBI exists to fulfill an unmet need in numerical contracting.  Federal contractors and recipients of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding are required to train, employ and contract with section 3 residents. Section 3 residents are low-income residents in a metropolitan area where HUD monies are dispensed. 

More than $16 Million in wages per week are covered by Section 3 and these dollars are grossly ignored.  Contractors often say they cannot find qualified entities to fulfill the scope of work.  We were tired of hearing this and decided to qualify residents ourselves.  We licensed the best entrepreneurship curriculum, hired some awesome instructors and coaches, and partnered with a local university.  We then took it a step further and added a virtual tradeshow which to showcase and highlight our bootstrapping entrepreneurs.

That is why your support is so very important.  Please consider donating today and making your contributions monthly.  It is when work like this is supported by people like you do we then see a just and thriving economy.  

Thank you for doing your part which helps us do ours!

  

To become familiar with Section 3 –The Nations Best Kept Secret! Download the Section 3 Fact Sheet:

Section3 Fact Sheet.pdf

 

To learn more about the $16 million per week in wages that stricter compliance will help manifest.  Download, HUD's Regulatory Impact Analysis:

(1st paragraph on page 5, last sentence) and (last sentence on top of page 6)

Section_3_RIA (Regulatory Impact Analysis).pdf

Links:

Jan 7, 2021

Fathers Are the Solution!

Thank you for your support for the DADS ARE NOT DEADBEATS- THEY'RE DEAD BROKE CAMPAIGN. 

We have just finalized our trailer and sent it off to the animator.  Our Animator lives in Nigeria and was found on Fiverr.com.  We are excited to work with him on this project. Our goal is to have our complete trailer animated and ready to debut on 2/1/2021.  Once we release the trailer we will also be in a position to sell tickets to the live debut on Fathers Day (June 20, 2021).

Our podcast will promote and feature this work for the next six months.  We are currently working with a public relations firm that will ensure we get this message and work out to as many people as possible.  The 6-month long promotion campaign is created to stir up conversation, community, and cut through the conflict that exists in African American families.  

We can hardly wait for this exciting work to hit the market.  We understand that patience is a virtue and great things take time.  

Here is some other great news that we believe will raise major attention to this work!

Can I Live (CIL) was recently filmed an interview for an upcoming documentary called Race to Equality.  Our wonderful work was featured in this national shift changer along with other popular voices.  We believe this will soon raise the footprint of CIL and increase awareness for our platform. 

We also realize that we are new to the GlobalGiving platform and these efforts require consistent donor cultivation. This is a priority for the CIL central office.  

We believe that we will see huge increases over the next few months in hopes to actualize our mission and vision.

Thank you for supporting our work.  We are a very unique organization offering unique services that really focus on where the holes are in our current community and economic development system.

Please consider making your donations monthly.  We are good soil to sow good seeds and reap a great outcome! 

Thank you!  We are very fortunate for your support!  

Be Safe and Healthy in  2021!

Jan 6, 2021

HOPE Is In Our Midst!

Thank you for your support for the HOLD (Housing Opportunity Legal Defense Fund)!  Fundraising efforts have been slow due to the national pandemic, however, rest assured, our partners are aware of our fundraising efforts and are ready to move our efforts forward as soon as we see some relief once the pandemic subsides.  

Can I Live (CIL) was recently filmed an interview for an upcoming documentary called Race to Equality.  Our wonderful work was featured in this national shift changer along with other popular voices.  We believe this will soon raise the footprint of CIL and increase awareness for our platform. 

We also realize that we are new to the GlobalGiving platform and these efforts require consistent donor cultivation. This is a priority for the CIL central office.  

We believe that we will see huge increases over the next few months in hopes to actualize our mission and vision.

Thank you for supporting our work.  We are a very unique organization offering unique services that really focus on where the holes are in our current community and economic development system.

Please consider making your donations monthly.  We are good soil to sow good seeds and reap a great outcome! 

Thank you!  We are very fortunate for your support!  

Be Safe and Healthy in  2021!

 
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