Small Biz Superstar: Equity Alliance giving Nashvillians a seat at the table
Equity Alliance is a nonprofit co-founded in Nashville by Tequila Johnson to empower voters to engage in the civic process and take action on issues that affect their daily lives.
Why did you start the Equity Alliance?
We started the Equity Alliance because we knew there were voices being left out of the conversation and vacant seats at “the table” that we could adequately and effectively fill. We were fed up with the way our most vulnerable communities were regarded so- rather than complain, we decided to act.
What was your proudest moment at your organization?
My proudest moment was in 2018 after leading the statewide TN black voter project. We saw early voter turnout increase by over 1000% in a state that ranked 50th in voter.
What was the very first business you ever started?
My first unofficial business was as a 9-year-old child. With help of my mom, I sold ice cream cones and freeze cups in my neighborhood. In college, I would give rides for cash; and in 2009, I stated a consulting firm that provided bookkeeping, secretarial, and business development for small automotive dealers and car servicing businesses both locally and internationally.
What do you do to invest in our Nashville community?
I love Nashville, therefore I invest my time, talents and treasures in this wonderful city. Through mentoring youth, to volunteering with organizations, supporting and encouraging the support of locally owned businesses to advocating for the community.
What advice do you have for fellow Nashpreneurs?
Follow your dreams and don’t give up. It was once said that if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. I believe every word of that. Dream big and work Smart.
Why do you think the Nashville region is a great place to be a small business?
Because of the growth and resources available