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Stand Against Racism is recognized annually in April by YWCA chapters across the county. The campaign provides the opportunity for communities to find an issue or cause to educate, advocate and promote racial justice.

To recognize the 2022 Stand Against Racism campaign, YWCA Tulsa is excited to launch the Carmela Hill Legacy Fund, a $5,000 micro-loan program providing small business start-up funding to women entrepreneurs in Tulsa. Women who are selected will participate in a personal and business financial literacy course hosted by BOK Financial and TEDC.

YWCA will kick off the application process of the Carmela Hill Legacy Fund with Women Mean Business, an informational and networking event for women interested in the fund. The event will take place on April 30, 2022, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Patti Johnson Wilson Center, and will feature a panel of Tulsa’s brightest female entrepreneurs. Panelists will be poised to provide advice and answer questions about starting a business. Attendees will also learn more about the application process for the program and requirements for participation.

The Carmela Hill Legacy Fund is generously supported by Tulsa Area United Way, Bank of Oklahoma, TEDC, and individual donors.

Event Details

Date: April 30, 2022
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Venue: Patti Johnson Wilson Center (1910 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104)
RSVP: 2022 Women Mean Business
Questions: Contact Zoe Cauley at zcauley@ywcatulsa.org
*Free childcare will be available

Meet The Panelists

Kenya Carter

K.Nicole Boutique

A fashion lover since childhood, Kenya Carter spent years studying the technical side of fashion before branching off to create her own unique creations. She is the owner and designer of her own fashion line, K.Nicole Boutique in Tulsa.

Tylisha Oliver

Simply De-Lish

A Tulsa transplant, Tylisha Oliver is the chef and owner of Simply De-Lish Catering, a full service catering company in Tulsa. She brings her passion for creating healthy, fresh ingredient meals to every event.

Esmeralda Picasso

Picasso Realty Tulsa

Esmeralda is a realtor and the owner of Picasso Realty. Picasso agents come from a very diverse cultural background, and the majority speak multiple languages. They currently have agents fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, and Romanian.

Why A Micro-Loan Program?

According to The Kaufman Foundation, a nonprofit group that studies entrepreneurship, immigrants were almost twice as likely as the native-born population to start a new business.

The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business report, commissioned by American Express, shows in almost every category that women of color are leading the women-owned business charge.

A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City recommended the “creation of better access and more diverse funding sources accessible to black women business owners."