Lead by Harry Alford, DC Community Carrot's mission is to break the cycle of poverty by helping Opportunity Youth create businesses of their own that will last a lifetime. DC Community Carrot is currently running a seven-week Intro to Entrepreneurship Workshop Series providing mentorship, educational components and connections to resources that will enable young entrepreneurs to succeed. Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming Kristi Whitfield, Director for the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), to our space. Director Whitfield, an accomplished business owner, shared her own story with the class and how her experiences led her to where she is today.
Director Whitfield is an executive, an entrepreneur and an urban planner with over 20 years of experience implementing change. Kristi joined the ranks of entrepreneurs in 2006 first as a consultant, then at the helm of a transportation and logistics company, and most recently as the co-founder of Curbside Cupcakes. Based on these experiences, Kristi is passionate about driving resources to small businesses and helping them grow.
The Director draws on her time launching and scaling a food truck venture into a full-fledged enterprise with a brick and mortar cafe. Also, she believes her ability to relate to the entrepreneurial struggle is imperative to fostering a more impactful top down support for DC entrepreneurs. Some of her goals include:
Support people from a knowledge base perspective
Support people by creating a non judgmental and productive environment
Proactively target potential barriers an entrepreneur may encounter in Washington, D.C.
We look forward to strengthening our relationship with DSLBD and connecting entrepreneurs to the resources that will support their success. For anyone interested in DC Community Carrot’s seven-week Intro to Entrepreneurship Workshop Series click here or email Kelvin@dccommunitycarrot.org for more information.