WACIF: The Phoenix Cohort

The Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business Center (Center) recently announced the participants for the Ascend.Her: Phoenix Cohort, the latest cohort of Wacif’s award-winning Ascend Capital Accelerator. The Phoenix Cohort includes 14 dynamic women entrepreneurs of color who will build the resilience and growth of their businesses by participating in the eight-week, intensive, cohort-based program. Usource Construction is proud to have been selected to participate.

“Women entrepreneurs of color lead the way nationally and regionally in small business and job creation, so building a resilient economy requires supporting the resilience of these entrepreneurs,” said Wacif CEO Harold B. Pettigrew Jr. “Wacif is excited to launch the Ascend.Her: Phoenix Cohort to support their success, build their business’s capacity, and invest in their future.”

With a focus on helping women entrepreneurs of color rise from an incredibly challenging pandemic business environment, the Ascend.Her: Phoenix Cohort will strengthen entrepreneurs’ financial capability, deepen their marketing and relationship-building skills, and position them to secure affordable growth capital. The Ascend.Her: Phoenix Cohort draws on the curriculum offered through its parent accelerator, Wacif’s award-winning Ascend Capital Accelerator. The Ascend.Her: Phoenix Cohort is made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency.

“The data tell us that supporting the resilience of women entrepreneurs of color will help catalyze an equitable economic recovery,” said Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business Center Program Director Messay Derebe. “I am honored to collaborate with these 14 inspiring entrepreneurs to sustain their resilience and growth.”