DCWBC Team

Heidi Sheppard

Project Director

Heidi Sheppard has been leading the DCWBC since September 2020, bringing her extensive experience working in economic development, her collaborative leadership style, and her passion for helping women entrepreneurs to the Center. Heidi has supported small businesses in Louisiana and northern Virginia, manufacturing businesses throughout the U.S., the Maryland incubator network and co-authored “Industrial Design: A Competitive Edge for U. S. Manufacturing Success in the Global Economy”. She an artist, cook, and entrepreneur, founded and operated her own small business- Endless Pastabilities- and has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

LaToria Brent

Small Business Specialist

LaToria Brent is the Small Business Specialist for the DC Women’s Business Center. With over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, human resource (recruitment and selection), LaToria’s mission has always been to strategize, implement, and execute different methods to positively impact her community. A serial entrepreneur, LaToria has owned multiple businesses and has served as an adjunct instructor transferring her institutional knowledge down to young adult business students. LaToria holds a bachelor’s degree in international business, MBA, and a certification in human resource management.

Sade McKoy

Communications Specialist

Sade McKoy joined NCRC in October 2019. She has had an extensive career in Marketing and Communications. Sade has six years of experience helping entrepreneurs, brands and businesses create social media strategies. She’s worked with several noteworthy creative agencies and publications. Some of her expertise includes managing marketing campaigns and social media planning. Sade received a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and Communications from Howard University.

Monti Taylor

Resource Coordinator

Monti Taylor is the resource coordinator for the DC Women’s Business Center where she works with her team to navigate resources to support women-owned businesses. She has experience working within organizations and nonprofits to increase capacity through partnership building, collaborative work, and small grant projects. Prior to joining the DC Women’s Business Center, Monti served as an Americorp VISTA for the Second Ward Community Initiative in Delaware, Ohio. Monti is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying digital sociology.

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