Dee Claxton serves as the Director of the Washington DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC). The DC Women’s Business Center empowers entrepreneurs to start and grow sustainable businesses. While our mission is to create pathways to wealth building through entrepreneurship, we pride ourselves on ensuring that underserved communities and individuals receive access to managerial and financial tools that support business growth and help to create economic fairness for all.
As an entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Claxton grew up with West Indian grandparents and family members who were hard working entrepreneurs. She has over 20 years of strategic and innovative business planning experience. Strategically designs business development programs and has served over 925 unique clients, secured millions of $ in contracts and capital funding.
Featured on nationally syndicated television, publications and talk radio to include Forbes Travel like a Billionaire, The Insiders List with Julie Moran, WUSA9 and Sirius XM for her strategic design thinking and innovative entrepreneurial development programming. Ms. Claxton owns a management consultant company and passionately supports small business owners in developing infrastructure and innovative strategies to start and grow sustainable businesses.
Elizabeth is the Communications Specialist with NCRC’s DC Women’s Business Center. In this role, Elizabeth is responsible for maintaining DC WBC social media, managing client communications, and organizing events and workshops for the center. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in International Affairs and French with a concentration in geography and economic development. Elizabeth’s nonprofit experience includes supporting and engaging Habitat for Humanity volunteers in the South Hampton Roads, Virginia as well as spending time in Guatemala learning about efforts to bring entrepreneurship education to women and girls.
Kateri Jones is the Small Business Specialist for the DC WBC. She previously worked in the telecommunications, Private Equity, Venture Capital industry for almost a decade. There, was responsible for supporting the strategic and business development progress of portfolio companies, performing detailed research for the within the digital media space, conducting due diligence, and deal analysis on potential new investment opportunities.
She has a passion for organizing and developing new ideas and concepts for entrepreneurs and investors. Her deep love for international travel took her to the University of Capetown where she worked with their Business program teaching South African and American students finance, entrepreneurial skills, and business development. Other international experience includes work and study in Costa Rica and Italy. Her global experiences provide her with critical insight that assists entrepreneurs in their efforts to target various global start up markets and underserved communities.
Kateri is a graduate of Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics. She has also furthered her knowledge in business and entrepreneurship through participation in programs at Stanford Business School, in Palo Alto, California and the completion of the Venture Capital Institute program, sponsored by the National Venture Capital Association.