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 is an artist, cook, and entrepreneur who 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.

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