Businesswoman Latesha Isbell Howard advocates for economic equity for minority women-owned businesses
Find out more at www.successwithlatesha.com.
“The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the business world rooted in racism and economic inequity, we can either talk about the problem or take action. Latesha Isbell Howard, a business management consultant and marketing manager for a Fortune 500 company, is all about action. With over 25 years in the business industry, she noticed a problem within her community with the lack of financial knowledge, access to capital, and entrepreneurship education, so she decided to launch Savvy Diva Enterprises.
“A lot of us were not taught about credit and personal finances,” said Howard. “Financial literacy and entrepreneurship aren’t taught in high school or college, and that’s why I offer these services.”
Her company specializes in business credit, funding solutions, education and resources for minority female entrepreneurs. She also provides additional resources that support personal credit optimization, helping clients to become lender ready.
Operating in the corporate world with her Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Finance, Howard has gained valuable expertise to help her clients to structure, fund, and operate their small businesses like Fortune 500 companies.
“I love what I do, but I am only making small ripples in the ocean. God says it’s time to go bigger!” said Howard. And this is why she has launched a huge initiative to serve 2,300 minority women-owned businesses annually. Savvy Diva Enterprises has developed an entrepreneurship academy, small business incubator, community development loan fund, real estate investing program, and youth financial literacy and entrepreneurship program.
“This is a call to action to every bank with CRA goals, every corporation or municipality with community and economic development goals, every philanthropist that wants to leave a legacy, and every government funding program that supports entrepreneurship or financial literacy. We’re also seeking partnerships with nonprofits whose mission aligns with ours,” said Howard. To learn more about how you can support this initiative, click here.
“Together we can change the lives of an underrepresented, underserved, and underutilized population,” said Howard. A study by McKinsey & Company states that “in a parity scenario, Black-owned businesses would generate $1.6 trillion more than they do today.” This point illustrates why economic equity is vitally important.
This trailblazing wife, mother, entrepreneur, and stage 3 breast cancer survivor lights up when she talks about teaching clients how to turn their passion into a plan and transform the plan into profits. “I love to see people win; helping these women level up in their business and finances is my life purpose,” said Howard.
To find out more, interested parties are invited to visit www.successwithlatesha.com