In the heart of Black History Month, we honor the extraordinary journey of Chaz Sandifer, a shining example of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. As the visionary founder and CEO of theNEWmpls, Let Go Let Flow, and Stories Behind the Menu, she epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit. With a deep commitment to promoting wellness, equity, and community, she embodies the transformative power of business ownership, especially for African American women. Additionally, as a valued member of the WomenVenture Board and a seat holder on the WomenVenture loan committee, Chaz Sandifer not only blazes her own trail to success but also extends a helping hand to guide others on their entrepreneurial journeys.
Chaz Sandifer’s foray into entrepreneurship is a tale of resilience, transformation, and empowerment. Chaz’s journey began over a decade ago during a transition from corporate America, sparked by personal challenges. Weathering the storm of adversity, Sandifer found solace in the entrepreneurial realm, catapulting her into a journey of self-discovery and communal upliftment. “I discovered the power to heal from within while extending a helping hand to fellow women embarking on their own quests for success,” she shares.
Sandifer’s path wasn’t without its share of hurdles. “Believing in yourself sounds cliché, but it’s real,” she chuckles. “There were days I had to remind myself why I started. But hey, that’s the entrepreneurial rollercoaster for you!” Through perseverance and unwavering focus, she learned to navigate the ebb and flow of entrepreneurship.
For Sandifer, being a black entrepreneur is synonymous with freedom and self-expression. “It’s about rewriting the narrative, reclaiming our stories,” she declares passionately. “As African Americans, our history has often been scripted by others. Now, it’s our turn to wield the pen, to chart our destinies unapologetically.”
“It’s about rewriting the narrative, reclaiming our stories,” she declares passionately. “As African Americans, our history has often been scripted by others. Now, it’s our turn to wield the pen, to chart our destinies unapologetically.”Chaz Sandifer
As a mentor and advocate, Sandifer champions diversity and inclusion, amplifying voices often marginalized in entrepreneurial spheres. “Creating seats at the table and forging uncharted paths are paramount,” she affirms. She has embraced the responsibility to pave the way for future generations, dismantle barriers, and foster a culture of empowerment. In her role as a WomenVenture Board Member and a seat holder on the loan committee, Sandifer channels her entrepreneurial acumen and passion for community upliftment into tangible impact. She understands WomenVenture’s mission is more than just helping people start businesses; it’s about creating equitable opportunities and transforming communities. She explains, through WomenVenture, we equip entrepreneurs with the tools to thrive, regardless of their background or circumstance. As a mentor and advocate, Sandifer is all about pulling up more chairs to the table. “Diversity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s about giving everyone a shot,” she emphasizes.
Sandifer’s advice to aspiring African American entrepreneurs resonates with wisdom and pragmatism. “Seek out programs tailored to your needs, and embrace the journey of self-discovery,” she advises. “Forge alliances, cultivate a robust support network, and never shy away from seeking assistance. Success is a collective endeavor.” Looking ahead, Sandifer envisions a future brimming with possibilities, fueled by collaboration and innovation.
In parting, Sandifer leaves a resounding message of hope and resilience for future generations of entrepreneurs, emphasizing that success is a continuous journey rather than a fixed endpoint. “Embrace the journey along with its challenges, and always keep your dreams in sight.” She believes that it is within our struggles that we find the seeds of greatness. A testament to the resilience and enduring spirit of entrepreneurs.
This Black History Month let’s reflect on the inspiring stories of trailblazers like Chaz. Join us in embracing their entrepreneurial spirit by taking a step towards your dreams with WomenVenture’s support. If you’re looking for assistance in your entrepreneurial journey, we’re here to help through our training programs, access to capital and business consulting. We invite you to get involved. Whether you choose to contribute by donating to support budding entrepreneurs, sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about upcoming opportunities, or follow us on social media to engage with our community, your involvement makes a difference.
Author: Kiara Hollie-Sessions, WomenVenture Marketing Specialist