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Small Business Workshops

As part of our mission to advance the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone, DRA supports downtown's business owners with quarterly small business workshops.

Recent Workshops

Rebounding from COVID-19: Resources for Funding, Best Practices for Safe Reopening and Marketing Strategies to Restore Consumer Confidence


Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Black Dollar presented a virtual small business workshop focused on women and minority business support, resources and strategies to reopen during COVID-19. Speakers shared their perspectives, expertise and advice on financial resources available, opening safely and supporting employees and marketing to restore consumer confidence.

Topics and speakers:

  • Legislation, Programs, and other Resources - Katie Gailes, Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Wake Tech Community College
  • How Businesses can Stop the Spread of Infection, Incident Reporting, and Return to Work Protocols - Megan Werdel, Manager, Grey & Co.
  • Marketing Strategies and Ways to Rebuild Consumer Confidence - Jes Averhart, Founder, Jes & Co and Executive Director, Leadership Triangle

Slides and other resources shared during the presentation: