Black Businesswoman Helping Black Businesses Succeed During Pandemic

San Diego entrepreneur Kim Folsom

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When San Diego entrepreneur Kim Folsom was in college, her role models were business magnates like Bill Gates and Ted Turner.

Microsoft, CNN — those were the kinds of companies she wanted to build. But as a Black woman studying computer science and information systems, opportunities were in short supply.

Folsom decided early on that if she was going to run a business, she would have to create it herself.

It took her eight years, as a mother, while going through graduate school, but she launched that first company — an e-learning platform for professionals called SeminarSource.

Twenty-five years and seven companies later, Folsom — now the CEO of Founders First CDC, a community development organization and small business accelerator — is helping other Black entrepreneurs succeed…

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