Mayor Baraka, Newark Community EDC, and Walker’s Foundation Launched “Moms Who Hustle” Entrepreneurship Program for Millennial Moms

“We are privileged to partner with the Walker’s Legacy Foundation in empowering our mothers with the many tools they need to become successful business owners and major factors in Newark’s economic growth.” – Mayor Ras J. Baraka

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation acting president and CEO Aisha Glover, and Walker’s Legacy Foundation founder and CEO Natalie Madeira Cofield announced the launch of Newark Moms Who Hustle during a press conference this morning at Essex County College in downtown Newark.

The 12-week program is designed to help Newark residents who are single, low-income, millennial mothers, become businesswomen. Many single mothers lack the resources and/or networking opportunities needed to take their business and overall entrepreneurial confidence to the next level. Moms Who Hustle will provide mothers who are Newark residents with the tools necessary to achieve economic stability. The skills these mothers gain will benefit them, their families and communities.

“Newark has many mothers, both married and single, who often have to be the central economic power in their families,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Others have dreams of owning their own businesses and becoming self-sufficient. But they often lack the resources, knowledge, and confidence to achieve these dreams and goals. That is why we are privileged to partner with the Walker’s Legacy Foundation and proud to offer the ‘Moms Who Hustle’ program to empower our mothers with the many tools they need to become successful business owners and major factors in Newark’s economic growth.”

The class will provide participants with complimentary childcare, access to financial planning tools, and entrepreneurial insight. Additional resources are available to participants through the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation’s and Walker’s Legacy App.

“The Walker’s Legacy Foundation has created an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurial mothers with the Moms Who Hustle program. We are honored they saw fit to continue their pilot program here in Newark,” said Aisha Glover, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation acting president and CEO. “Moms Who Hustle is about becoming your own boss, taking control of your finances and learning how to navigate the tools and resources needed to launch your dreams. Newark Community EDC is excited to partner on this program, and we look forward to supporting all of the applicants and participants as their businesses grow.”

For its inaugural year, the Moms Who Hustle program will serve 100 women across five cohorts in four cities: Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, and…

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