March is National Women’s History Month and Friday marks International Women’s Day. Women Rising! is a local organization that is taking a unique approach to kicking of a month filled with events.
“If you wanted to do something in honor of Women’s History Month this is the thing to do.”
Sam Flugence is an attorney and owns Our Little Ones Love to Learn Inc. in Lafayette. When the opportunity to plan something different for Women’s History Month came up, the first thing that came to mind was highlighting black women who own a business.
The business tour starts with a list of all the businesses featured. You stop by those businesses during their open house. On Friday March 8, six businesses will hold open houses. Saturday a group tour of an additional seven businesses is planned at Northgate mall, followed by the final business, Flair Boutique.
Flugence says, “We want everyone to communicate, net work connect with each other and that the doors are open on collaboration.”
Learning is exactly what business owner Adrienne Batiste Brooks hopes to do. “I’m fairly new to entrepreneurship and being among these women is very very admirable.”
Brooks has a business on the tour called Living Easy Transportation. She was inspired by her grandmother to create the business. “The family has to transport her (her grandmother) back and forth to the hospital and doctors appointments and it just got very tasking for her and for us. And so she really inspired me to do something to help people in a similar situation.”
Being part of this tour reminds Brooks that women like her are walking history of their own. Brooks says, “My grandmother who didn’t get an education. She had to stay home and raise her children. For me to be able to work as a mother raise my children and own a business is just amazing.”
Here is the list of businesses:
-Living Easy Transportation
-Baptist & Associates
-Keller Williams Realty
-Marja Broussard and Associates
-Little Ones Love to Learn Inc.
-All Kut Up Beauty & Barber
-Gianni Logan Professional Financial Consultant
-Southern Mixx Bartending Services
-9 to 5 Boutique
-One Stop Taxes