More than 50 Black women entrepreneurs and business owners gathered at the Moonrise Hotel to attend Blavity’s Master Your Card Women’s Entrepreneurship Brunch sponsored by Mastercard and the National Urban League on Saturday, October 27 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The room was definitely filled with Black excellence with entrepreneurs specializing in various industries ranging from Health and Beauty, Financial Services, Childcare and Digital Media in attendance.  

The brunch provided St. Louis entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to not only meet one another over mimosas and a delicious meal, but the chance to learn about tips, resources and information to help manage their wealth. 

During the event, guests were presented a video from United States Senator, Claire McCaskill. She shared how she is continuously working on policy in the Senate to ensure regulatory laws that make it easier for minorities and women to establish small businesses. 

Additionally, Mastercard provided multiple resources from their website to ensure small business owners are able to compete, grow and thrive. Attendees were also gifted Master Your Card branded tote bags, calculators and pens.

During the first fireside chat with Blavity’s own Morgan DeBaun and Mastercard’s Wendy Richardson, DeBaun provided an important note of advice to all the women entrepreneurs in the room, and that was “to fail fast.” 

In the second fireside chat with beautypreneur, Alexandra Butler and local St. Louis entrepreneur, Tandra Taylor, Butler shared her thoughts on understanding the difference between your business and your brand. Although they coexist, building a strong business foundation will help create a consistent and successful brand, according to Butler. 

Attendees spoke highly about the useful information they received from the Master Your Card brunch. One guest was especially thankful that Blavity, Mastercard and the National Urban League partnered to recognize black women who are hustling and making moves in St. Louis by providing them the space to have conversations and learn from one another to help contribute to growth and entrepreneurship in St. Louis.

Attendee, Asia M. (@simplyy.asiaa) thanked DeBaun and Butler on Instagram for their transparency and willingness to share how they were able to “Master Their Card”, raise funding and gain exposure for their businesses and brands.

“It’s amazing to see other STL natives launch successful businesses/brands,” she said on Instagram.

For all of the Black women entrepreneurs and business owners who want to learn more about how to “Master Their Card”, check out their website here:!

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