EP 64: Cultivating Physical & Online Spaces For Black Women To Thrive with Candice VanWye
In this week’s episode I chat with Candice VanWye! Candice is the founder of Brown Girl Bloggers LLC an influencer agency and community for creative black women and Monday & Co, a creative workspace for black women in Atlanta, GA. In this episode we chat about how Candice launched her first business out of her middle school locker which was shut down by her principal, she chats about her journey and what inspired her to create a company specifically for black bloggers. She goes into depth and provides some really great advice on how to find your company's co-founder and more!
ON HER FIRST EXPERIENCE AT ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Candice’s first dip into entrepreneurship was in middle school when she started selling candy and chips out of her locker. After word got around of what she was doing, her school principal shut it down.
ON WHAT INSPIRED HER TO START BROWN GIRL BLOGGERS
Candice got into blogging when her now husband was deployed in the military. After going to different blogger events in her area, she realized that not many of them looked like her. So she set out to create a community for her to connect and make friends with other black bloggers. The brand then grew into an influencer agency by accident when Candice realized that brands would pay her for the information that she had been collecting.
ON WHAT INSPIRED HER TO BRING ON A CO-FOUNDER FOR BGB
After being told from others in the tech industry that it would be smart to bring on a co-founder, Candice set out to find someone who would be a good fit. Little did she know that her co-founder Michelle would stumble into her co-working space, Monday & Co. for a photoshoot. Candice says from the first day they met she knew that they would be perfect working together but was still hesitant to bring it up to her. After a conversation initiated by Michelle’s husband, they finally decided to join forces.
ON BUILDING HER CO-WORKING SPACE, MONDAY & CO.
After being apart of different co-working spaces, she again didn’t see any with women who looked like her. Once Candice and her husband moved to Atlanta, she knew she wanted her own space to not only bring women together but also to hold events and shoots for BGB.
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