Arkansas State University Alum Launches Groundbreaking Entrepreneurship Program To Empower Black Women

by Gee NY
Shunqetta Cunningham

Shunqetta Cunningham, an Arkansas State University alumna, is spearheading a groundbreaking initiative to empower Black women entrepreneurs through her program, Over-A-Cup.

Founded in January 2018, Over-A-Cup aims to cultivate connections, advocate for social equity, and uplift minority women-owned businesses across Arkansas and the Mid-South regions.

Notably, Cunningham’s program fills a crucial void as the only advocacy initiative tailored specifically for Black women entrepreneurs in the state of Arkansas, as highlighted by Arkansas Business.

Describing Over-A-Cup as a “space of intentional relationship” for Black women-run businesses, the program provides a platform for sharing business practices and fostering support networks. Monthly gatherings over coffee or tea offer women the opportunity to discuss their business aspirations and collaborate on future plans.

Cunningham, a seasoned nonprofit strategist, brings a wealth of experience to her role as CEO of Over-A-Cup.

Her commitment to supporting women, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders is reflected in her extensive portfolio of services, including grant writing, strategic planning, nonprofit development, and leadership training.

Recognizing the systemic barriers and lack of resources faced by aspiring African American entrepreneurs, Cunningham is dedicated to equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed.

Over-A-Cup serves as a catalyst for change, providing women with access to vital resources and guidance on their entrepreneurial journey.

Since its inception, Over-A-Cup has already empowered 12 Black women entrepreneurs, marking a significant milestone in Cunningham’s mission to foster economic empowerment and social advancement.

In addition to her work with Over-A-Cup, Cunningham serves as the CEO and lead consultant of KHARIS Group and chairs the Nonprofit Summit of Northeast Arkansas.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arkansas State University, Cunningham continues to make a lasting impact on her community and beyond.

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