Cassandra Hardwrick is woman on a mission! She took time to share with me her passion. She is a business woman with a passion to help small minority businesses reach their goals. In addition, she is the President of the North Texas Minority Chamber of Commerce who surrounds herself with Board Members who are movers and shakers on a common goal for all members.
Cassandra shares, "I am an entrepreneur and have been self employed for more than 13 years. My first company was started in 2000. I am also a small business consultant and activist for small minority businesses alike. Along with two other colleagues, we formed the North Texas Minority Chamber of Commerce in 2010 which is the fastest growing chamber of North Texas with 170 members; covering 26 counties and 362 cities."
Cassandra tells us about the most rewarding thing about having your business. "Being able to see your vision come to life! Taking ownership of your destiny, goals, dreams and ambitions. Understanding that importance of building and maintaining relationships which often times leads to more than just business—but friendships and relationships whose value are endless."
Cassandra is the President of the NTMCC and shares how it was established. "The North Texas Minority Chamber of Commerce was established in 2000 by two other colleagues and myself. It was birthed due to the inconsistences set forth by Super Bowl’s Emerging Business Committee as well as the stagnated chambers across the metro-plex. We challenged ourselves to whole-heartedly wanting to help small businesses whether minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and connect those businesses to the community—something that has been lost within this time-line. Our mission, quite frankly, is community. A business in a neighborhood involving families should know one another, depend on one another to stay afloat. Nowadays, businesses are erected every day and the community fails to complete transactions with one another; therefore, causing the business to fail and causing the community to lose a need. Therefore, NTMCC strives to ensure a “level” playing field for those who are looking to start a business and grow a business. We want them to grow—to be able to participate in programs that are set-aside for growth and development—becoming a CERTIFIED minority or woman owed business. To introduce them to a program where they can in fact grow their business. To teach small business the importance of networking and building relationships. With relationships come trust. Being able to trust one another in business as we are doing “great business” together."
Cassandra also shares her goals for 2013..."Yes, of course!! To grow my own business, of course. To grow NTMCC into an industry name. To forge relationships between small business and governments. To build better relationships. To be more accountable to my clients and members."
"I am very proud of NTMCC and what we have accomplished in two years. The second Anniversary was held December 11, 2012 at the beautiful Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom at 2493 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX. The recipients included: Lola Carey-Business Initiative Award, Valencia King-Community Out Reach Award, Al Piper-Small Business of the Year Award, and Jacqueline Johnson-Good Deeds Award. We have already made a mark in our community. I have seen volunteerism at an all time high. People are still giving from their hearts and they are really wanting to do the right thing by their business and community. I’ve seen change within people’s mindsets about business and how to do it a “better” way. I look forward to 2013 and what we plan to achieve. We’ve written down the vision and now we are running with it," proudly states Cassandra.
You may contact me several ways
1. NTMCC—visit the website: www.ntmcc.org
2. Genesis Preferred Solutions—visit the website: www.genesispreferred.com
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