Every Wednesday Diana’s Event Space on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn is full of people, but not for a party or a performance as one might expect. Instead, the people who arrive just after 7 a.m. every week are a group of women who have made an investment in themselves.
Ranging in age from 19 to 73 years old, the women run various small businesses from a natural lip care line to a mobile spa, a catering company to a clothing line. They meet for about a half hour before work to make payments on their small business loans and to continue expanding their financial management and marketing skills.
“We meet every week faithfully,” said Nicole Langlaise, who is the group’s president and co-founder. “We are here because we are committed.”
The members of the Trillion Dollar Women’s Investment Group (TDWIG) – many of them Caribbean immigrants or of Caribbean heritage – are in the vanguard of a new movement of female entrepreneurs who’re tapping into new sources of funding.