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American Express, in partnership with IFundWomen of Color, recently celebrated the graduation of Black women entrepreneurs in Washington who participated in the “100 for 100” program.

Through the program, which kicked off in November to celebrate and support Black women entrepreneurs as they grow their business ventures, American Express surprised 100 women with $25,000 in funding and 100 days of resources. Resources included business education, mentorship, marketing, virtual networking, WorkSpaces by Hilton hotel reservation credits, and more.

To celebrate their achievement, a graduation ceremony was held April 22 at the American Express Business Class LIVE virtual event.

During the event, the “100 for 100” women participated in one-on-one meetings with government agencies and large corporations such as UPS, Verizon, and the US Department of Labor to discuss business opportunities. To conclude the day, there was a virtual graduation ceremony for the women that featured a keynote speech from Ethiopia Habtemariam, chairman and CEO of Motown Records.