We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamal Bowen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jamal, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was inspired to start a business called, “Empowering Community Entrepreneurs.” In 2016, the vision of this program is to create events that encourage, teach, and mentor young adults to proactively generate business ideas and construct a plan of action to make them successful. The purpose is to train entrepreneurs with specific tools that would produce outward thinking to maintain a business of progression. Empowering Community Entrepreneurs (ECE) provides and creates opportunities for the youth and young adults to connect with others, through skills and services. ECE creates opportunities to assist educational experiences that help frame the mindset of the youth and develop leadership. Creating a platform to discuss issues, needs and available resources influence and guide the community. ECE also looks to provide and implement insights in other organizations, as well as to inspire individuals to become ambassadors and to produce a strong and diverse foundation. It is vital to recognize each person while gaining understanding of the developmental needs as they gain occupational careers.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Mr. Bowen currently serves as the First-Year Experience Coordinator and Chair of Advanced Academic Achievement (AAA) at the Community College of Denver. He also teaches Business and Entrepreneurship. Jamal is a member of the African Leadership Group (ALG) Business and Economic Opportunity Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for African Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair of Entrepreneurial Education. Mr. Bowen received the Post-Secondary Educator of the Year award from the Education Center on March 7, 2020.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Welton St. Cafe Home of Mona’s, Coffee High Co.  Ocean Prime – Denver Tech Center

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout Daphne Bowen-Dennis, Michele Blackett, Ashleigh Collins, Marion Boston, Dr . Shirley Smith, and Professor Lynn Wilson, Dr. Malcolm Newton, DJ Collins-Boston, Nassir Bowen, Amir Bowen,  Ruel Wiles, Cecily Dennis, Donald Murphy, Timothy Boston, Inclusive Excellence Leadership Team (IELT) at the Community College of Denver.

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Image Credits
Former President of Monrovia, Liberia Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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