Local organizations look to connect Cookeville to the world

Cookeville – The Biz Foundry, Flint Global and Powered by Her are set on making a difference internationally. The trio of difference makers plan what they call “a whirlwind trip to Nairobi, Kenya” in hopes of “connecting the Cookeville community with remarkable entrepreneurs and change makers around the globe.”

Powerd by Her, “a community of entrepreneurial women seeking change by training and mentoring,” says the trip is a chance to expand that reach and the Kenyan Market is rich with expansion opportunities.

“Women across the globe face the weight of providing for families and the desire to grow a business no matter where they are.” said Tiffany Anton, founder of Powered by Her. “I am excited for the opportunity to connect our local market with a larger community to provide inspiration.”

Both Flint Global, a leading organization in international economic development headquartered in Cookeville, TN,  and Powered by Her call the Biz Foundy, a nonprofit entrepreneur development center in Cookeville, “home base”.

It is that kinship that allowed the two forces to meet and begin a relationship.

“Working together, Cookeville enterprises will be able to bring to light and amplify the remarkable work of Kenyan entrepreneurs and to empower more East African entrepreneurs to build businesses, create employment and transform lives, families and entire communities, all while making our own community right here at home brighter and richer in the ways that matter most,” said Flint Global founder Travis Trull.

Flint Global is currently operating in Kenya through Jimmani Collections, according to a statement by the Biz Foundry.

“Other individuals, businesses and organizations right here in Cookeville can collaborate creatively to make an impact that matters both locally and globally,” according to the statement.

The groups are taking steps to participate in the global conversation, according to the statement. The hope is that the trip to Kenya will help achieve a goal of changing lives through entrepreneurship and business in Kenya.

“This is a first step in a journey to connect the small business community in Nanyuki, Kenya with the Upper Cumberland region,” according to the statement. “There are aspirations for doing a large regional rotary project to help get the Kenyan Entrepreneur Center up and running in the future.”

The team will leave on Feb. 17 to begin making connections and building relationships with economic partners in Kenya. To follow the journey reach out on social media at  flintglobal, BizFoundry or Powered by Her.

You can also read along with the blog on poweredbyhercommunity.com.

For more information visit flintglobal.org, thebizfoundry.org or poweredbyhercommunity.com.

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