Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem | Partner Series 

    Mastering Hard Conversations – How to Talk While Networking: Conversations to Best Explain Your Business 

    October 7, 2021 

    Sara Carter, Program Coordinator from CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center, lead the conversation with LeKesa Whitner of Start:Me Spartanburg and entrepreneur Tamika Thompson. LeKesa hears pitches and stories from many business owners, so she has a great perspective on how to stand out. Tamika is the owner of Beyond this February, a Black women owned independent bookstore that prioritizes Black stories year-round. Tamika has been a finalist in the Start:Me and Leap program. 

    See Tamika’s Facebook page for her pop-up book shops, including this Sunday at the Hub City Farmer’s Market. 

    Visit for resources to start and grow your businesses! 

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