Coupled with a powerful instinct to discern systemic gaps that too often hinder communities, Carmen has vision. She actively seeks out opportunities to expand equity within underinvested legacy neighborhoods and forges ahead with solutions. Carmen has developed blueprints that have been successfully leveraged by community leaders and partners to bridge equitability gaps and promote economic empowerment and transportation access. She has over a decade of public sector experience engaged with community and economic development with many years in local government. She brings this intuitive approach and ardency for action to all of her work, including her first foray into entrepreneurship as the founder of Elevators. Carmen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language, with an emphasis in Spanish, and International Trade from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, gaining a Master of Public Administration with concentrations in Public Management and Planning & Non-Profit Management. To maintain balance, Carmen enjoys the arts, outdoors, and southern rap music. While she has received many awards and recognitions, Carmen's most prized accolade is "Bestest Auntie in the World."
When your small business needs funding, it’s important to understand what options might be available to you. In Part 1 of this two-part workshop, you will learn how to find potential funding options and how to use Micro Loans to fund big goals.