Episode 70: Makisha Boothe

Overcoming Racial Trauma in Business

Makisha Boothe Sistah Biz

Spoiler alert: If you want to eavesdrop on a candid conversation about being a black female entrepreneur, this is a must-listen.

Imagine being told repeatedly that no market or need for your business exists — yet your experience and social and financial acumen tell you otherwise. 

Makisha Boothe experienced this firsthand; now she helps other black women navigate their business lives. 

Raised by strong women who were adamant she wouldn’t get stuck in the “system,” Boothe has spent five years building a black female entrepreneur community with Sistah Biz. “If just one woman crosses the six-figure line and breaks the cycle of poverty in her family, it’s empowering.”

A nonprofit accelerator for black female entrepreneurs, Sistah Biz offers free and low-cost business coaching sessions and courses. In 2019 alone, the company provided 151 free coaching sessions, 12 weeks of free business bootcamps, and scholarships to aspiring entrepreneurs. Check out Boothe’s work, and if it’s close to your heart, you can make a donation.

Listen as Boothe discusses the landscape of black women business owners, dealing with racial trauma, and acknowledging how the #BlackLivesMatter movement impacts her work and life. Boothe also emphasizes self-care, pacing oneself, and creating a sustainable business plan supported by a community that supports you. 

“We are building success on our own terms and in our own way,” says Boothe. Listen to her candid tips on being a black female entrepreneur on this episode of SheVentures.