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- Thursday, Jul 8, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT
Join us virtually to hear from Tarsha Polk Hearns and Nataly Mojica!
Women are the fastest growing segment of small business owners and it is our role to support them. It’s important to recognize that there are still many obstacles, biases, and inequities that women business owners face. In this session, representatives from LiftFund’s Women’s Business Center will discuss:
· Inequities women business owners face
· Advocacy organization and legislation focused on WBOs
· Why capital is important
· How to close the gap
· Alternative funding options
Every year, Dallas Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs and change-makers for a week-long experience, described as the largest entrepreneurial event in North Texas, where they exchange ideas, collaborate, and grow alongside the 10th largest startup ecosystem in the US. This year's event will be held at Southern Methodist University from August 1-5, 2021.
Tarsha Polk Hearns
Director of LiftFund
Tarsha Polk Hearns is an experienced professional with over 20 years of combined marketing, sales, corporate training and entrepreneurial expertise. As an entrepreneur, author, business coach and international speaker, she is passionate about empowering others to succeed in business and life.
Tarsha currently serves as the Director of the LiftFund Dallas Fort Worth Women’s Business Center. As director, Tarsha provides support and guidance to entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their businesses, and connect them to additional business and financial resources in their community.
Tarsha is an engaged member of the local business community and has received numerous awards including 40 Under 40 in Collin County, Business of the Year from the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce, Women in the Media Award and the Leadership Award from National Association of Women Business Owners. She is the immediate past-president of NAWBO’s Dallas chapter, and currently serves on the Dallas Independent School District’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee. Tarsha lists winning a contract with the National Football League for Super Bowl XLV as her biggest career defining moment to date. In her free time, she volunteers with organizations helping high school students and military veterans learn about entrepreneurship.
Business Advisor for LiftFund
Nataly Mojica serves as a Business Advisor with the LiftFund’s DFW Women’s Business Center. Through her work, Nataly guides and encourages entrepreneurs by advising small business owners with startup assistance, growth strategies, and access to capital.
Prior to her work with LiftFund, Nataly worked within the CDFI lending space as a Loan Officer and served as a Community Economic Development Volunteer with Peace Corps Colombia working in rural communities to promote entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Nataly is a mother and is currently pursuing her MBA in Strategic Management at UNT Dallas. Born and raised in Dallas, Nataly advocates for small businesses and purposefully uses her platform to serve, grow, and empower the small business ecosystem in her community.