DC Human Service’s Office of Work Opportunity is trying something different, asking moms if they have an idea for a small business they could start to help them become financially independent.
Phase one of the experiment began Monday.
At Anacostia’s Bus Boys and Poets owner and entrepreneur Andy Shallal was cheerleader and coach.
“You need to have heart, you need to have the desire, you need to have the love and the passion,” he says.
Some of the moms talked with Sam Ford about their ideas for businesses, such as making eyelashes; making clothing; creating hair and skin care products without all the chemicals in commercial products, making creative cakes; and starting a cleaning service.
Over the next two weeks they’re going to have workshops on things like licensing and a business plan. In November they’ll have an expo where they’ll report back on how well they did.