City of Newark, Newark CEDC, Capital One, Walker’s Legacy and Walker’s Legacy Foundation to Launch Women Who Enterprise Program

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Nine-week program will provide accelerated business development training for high-growth women-led enterprises; industry leaders, professors, investors, government officials, and peer entrepreneurs will work with participants

Newark, NJ – January 9, 2019 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Lyneir Richardson, Interim President & CEO Newark CEDC, Theresa Bedeau of Capital One, and Walkers Legacy founder and CEO Natalie Madeira Cofield, will launch Women Who Enterprise a nine-week training program for high-growth Newark-based women-led companies at a joint press conference on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Newark CEDC, 111 Mulberry Street.  To attend, please click here.

The Women Who Enterprise program, set to commence on Saturday, February 9, 2019, provides women entrepreneurs with a dedicated instructor, cohort-model, a structured learning environment and covers important business topics including developing effective marketing and communications plans, legal aspects of small businesses, accounting and insurance, IT and finance, and human resource planning, among other critical areas important for small businesses to scale.  The program is made possible by sponsorship from Capital One.

The program includes presentations by regional industry leaders, professors, investors, government officials, and peer entrepreneurs, designed to provide opportunities for additional networking and will be held every Saturday at the offices of NCEDC from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM.

This initiative is a continuation to the highly-successful Moms Who Hustle pilot program in partnership with the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, which graduated a cohort of 25 women, and was aimed at helping single mothers gain economic empowerment.  

The free program has a capacity of twenty-five (25) participants.   Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the 9-week accelerator, or those seeking additional information, are encouraged to visit or   

Applications are open until February 1, 2019. We encourage early applications to guarantee participation.

WHO:          Remarks made by:

  • Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark, NJ
  • Mildred Crump, Council President, City of Newark, NJ
  • Lyneir Richardson, Interim President & CEO, Newark CEDC
  • Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO, Walker’s Legacy & Walker’s Legacy Foundation
  • Theresa Bedeau, Community Development Banking, Capital One

WHAT:       Launch of “Women Who Enterprise” a nine-week training program fore enterprising women

WHEN:       Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

WHERE:    Newark CEDC

                  111 Mulberry Street, Suite LL

                  Newark, New Jersey

TO ATTEND: RSVP here to attend

MEDIA NOTE: Media parking is available on nearby streets



About Newark Community Economic Development Corporation: Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) is the primary economic development catalyst for the State of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark. It is organized to retain, attract and grow businesses, enhance small and minority business capacity, and spur real estate development throughout the City’s 20 diverse neighborhoods. As a business development company whose sole client is the City of Newark, Newark CEDC collaborates with the Newark Department of Economic & Housing Development to initiate and execute economic development activities to produce and sustain economic growth, generate jobs and create wealth for the citizens of Newark.
About Walker’s Legacy: Walker’s Legacy is a global platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.  For more information visit:
About Walker’s Legacy Foundation:  Walker’s Legacy Foundation the nonprofit sister arm of Walker’s Legacy,  exists to provide the entrepreneurial, financial and professional supports needed to improve economic prosperity and reduce economic inequality for multicultural women and girls, globally. For more information visit:
About the Women Who Enterprise: Women Who Enterprise is a nationally implemented nine-week entrepreneurship program for high-growth women-led companies.   The program includes original curriculum, a dedicated instructor and a cohort model designed to support women in the growth and advancement of their firms.  
About Capital One: Capital One Financial Corporation ( ) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $243.7 billion in deposits and $365.7 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2017. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.
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Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman and exists to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.

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