At the DRC’s 2023 Women’s Business Conference (WBC), you’ll have the opportunity to transform your bold idea into action and take advantage of the collective energy of the Dallas Region’s top professional women.
In addition to the WBC’s traditional lineup of inspiring speakers and leaders, we are pleased to announce the program will also include an exciting community marketplace, presented by Frost, featuring Dallas Region founders, creators, and entrepreneurs. Each local organization will highlight a unique mission or product.
We hope you’ll enjoy exploring their wares, becoming inspired by their mission, and supporting their work both before and during the event.
OUR MARKETPLACE INCLUDES...
For the last 200 years, racial injustice and systemic oppression prevented opportunities in Bonton that were a given elsewhere. Residents have been denied access to the seven human essentials that are necessary to survive and thrive – health and wellness, economic stability, safe and affordable housing, transportation, a sense of belonging, education, and access to fair credit. Today, the community is transforming, and healing is coming from within.
Bonton Farms started out as a garden in a small lot has grown to two fully functioning farms, a Farmer’s Market, a Café and Coffee House. We continue to grow organic food and hope for a better tomorrow right in the Bonton community, but we are addressing more of the barriers residents are up against so they can access all seven human essentials. Working alongside residents to transform the community, we support our neighbors in redefining the norm in their community so they may have a fighting chance at life.
Break Bread, Break Borders is building a culinary workforce development program to empower refugee women from war-torn countries to find job opportunities by sharing their food, culture, and storytelling. We utilize our trusted role as neighbors who make “Food for Good” Catering Company to sell the cooking that tells the stories and help educate the public and positively shape the narrative on refugees.
Charmaine Marshall’s clients are the center of attention when they wear her one-of-a-kind eye-catching bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The “wearable art” is anything but understated. The hand-crafted designs draw on the colors and textures of nature, incorporating rare stones, feathers, wood, antique African brass, coral, and other exotic elements.
The Concilio is a North Texas nonprofit that has helped Latino families fulfill their potential since 1981. Founded to advance Latino equity and address the needs of the growing Latino population in Dallas-Fort Worth, The Concilio unlocks education, wellness and economic opportunities for Latino and other diverse families through grassroots outreach. The organization’s programming includes culturally responsive parent engagement programs, financial coaching, crisis intervention and cultural competency training and education.
Cool Crayations is a creative crayon company that’s shaking up the crayon game! We are a Dallas-based company that creates handcrafted, fun-shaped crayons. From magical unicorn crayons to custom crayon name sets, our goal is to introduce kids and adults to a cooler and more exciting coloring experience.
Anita Sanchez is the founder and curator of Hecho Con Amor, a recurring series of pop up vendor markets and community events. Hecho Con Amor which translates to ‘Made With Love’ was created in 2018 and works with many types of independent businesses while highlighting and prioritizing BIPOC owned small businesses and local creatives. Hecho Con Amor aims to foster meaningful community ties and encourages economic independence by providing a platform for small/independent business owners to showcase and sell their products and art through accessible, affordable pop up markets and community engagement.
Hey There, Honey LLC is a family trio of Choctaw ladies raised in the Sans Bois Mountains of Latimer County, Oklahoma. It is our goal to provide products that are beeswax-and honey-based and promote healthier alternatives by using essential oils rather than synthetic ingredients. All products are handmade in small batches with care.
Sixteen women looking for a better way to provide for their families. Sixteen women who believed they were worth more than the saturated fruit selling street markets. Sixteen women intrigued enough by Jenny’s vision to stick by her side and grow together.
Imani Collective now employs over eighty Kenyan women and men in Mtepeni Village and Mombasa, along with half a dozen women stateside. Together, we unleash a woman’s greatness through empowerment, opportunity, and community.
Jen Hatmaker inspires hope, curiosity, and connection through storytelling. She has written 14 books, including four New York Times best sellers; hosts the award-winning For the Love podcast; nerds out with Jen Hatmaker Book Club members and her Me Course community of learners; and leads an online community of millions of women who are her life force, personal think tank, and comic relief. (She also drinks Almond Joy flavored creamer in her coffee and won’t be reformed.)
KEIRUS BY KJE is a tech-enabled consulting and leadership development firm specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion. Leveraging decades of experience, we merge human connection and innovation to ignite culture transformation utilizing our proprietary C.A.R.E. model throughout our consulting support, program development, and training experiences.
The mission of the League of Women Voters of Dallas is empowering voters and defending democracy.
Whatever our color, background or zip code, in America we value our freedom to vote, and to have a say in decisions that impact our lives from election laws, redistricting, the environment and access to affordable housing and health care.
Mosaic Matchmaking is a Dallas-based matchmaking and dating services company curated for professionals of color. We offer personalized matchmaking, date coaching, and dating resources to singles across the country.
In 2005 when I arrived in Texas, I’d spend the summer all day with my children, and I knew I had to occupy my mind with something else. One day, on a late-night trip to our nearest supermarket I saw strips of stones and jewelry design magazines and I said to myself, “I can do this.” With $30 dollars I bought an all-in-one box of acrylic stones, elastic bands and tweezers. That’s where the story of Motcy Designs began.
We started with a dream of bringing a different point of view to modern fashion. This very dream has brought us together with independent thinkers and makers, with whom we share ideas, aspirations, and infinite bottles of wine. Focusing on personal relationships, we thrived on small-batch productions and curated collections for several seasons.
As Ora et Labora continues to grow, we continue nurturing the relationships we’ve cultivated with our core team as we partner with more designers who share and promote our values.
Sparkle & Co Aromatherapy’s mission to educate our customers about aromatherapy and how it relates to self-care. Sparkle & Co Aromatherapy was not created just to sell products but provide tools needed to care for your body spiritually, mentally, and physically. We are here first to provide knowledge and resources for individuals to learn about aromatherapy. We encourage self-care, self-love, and self-sufficiency.
The Plant Project is the first Black woman owned plant shop in Texas. Deeply-rooted in diversity The Plant Project was created to celebrate community, culture, and plants. We are MORE than a plant shop. We are a place where we know in order to GROW we must ROOT for one another. We are a place where love for a diverse community will grow.
At The Zen Bar in Sherman Texas we’ve created an atmosphere where people of our community can come to find peace through wellness. Offering ozone therapy, vitamins and supplements, herbal teas, CBD products, healthy alternatives and much more.