Field Notes

Stories about economic justice challenges and solutions across the nation and the work and impact of NCRC members in their communities.

How Kim Alfonso is Creating A Diverse, Inclusive and Accessible World for People with Disabilities

DC Women’s Business Center, Founder Feature: Kim Alfonso is the Co-Founder and CEO of Results One LLC , and is a client of the DC Women’s Business Center, an NCRC program. Kim Greenfield Alfonso is a native Washingtonian and the daughter of medical professionals who graduated from Howard University. She credits her father for instilling in …

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NCRC Member Profile: SAGE

SAGE is a national leader in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.

COVID Creative Placemaking

of this national health crisis will take longer than initially expected. Utilizing art to process loss, explore themes of inequity in health and advocate for a more just society has a much-needed place in the creativity and function of community.

In Memorium: Remembering Alan Fisher, founding executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition

Alan Fisher, founding director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, died Thursday, September 16, 2021, surrounded by family, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. In the world of housing and economic justice, Alan was a titan who advocated for working-class families, communities of color, and small-business owners. “The world seems a little sadder today than it …

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How to Run Your Computer Like a Pro

Mari Galloway is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding board member for the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), one of the fastest-growing nonprofits dedicated to women in cybersecurity. DC Women Business Center Resource Coordinator Monti Taylor asked Galloway questions on how to run your computer like a pro and how to best care for your computer and keep your information safe from outside attacks.

Simone Smillie: DC Women’s Business Center Founder Feature

Simone Smillie, a native New Yorker, moved to Washington, D.C., in 2016 to pursue her graduate degree in Development Economics at American University. After graduating, Smillie started a new job as an analyst in Downtown D.C. She planned to launch her business, Mutani’s Pocket, in March 2020, but the pandemic took hold and delayed her launch until August. 

Banking Relationships: How and Why?

A bank can be a lifeline when times get tough for your business, but it may be difficult to get a loan if the bank doesn’t know you or trust you. Building that trust can be the difference between rejection or a line of credit. Having a banking relationship is just good for business.