Danielle Powell

I was born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by entrepreneurs at a young age. My mother was a cosmetologist and owned her salon, my father operated a construction enterprise and later transitioned to leadership with The Housing Authority of Los Angeles, subsequent they bootstrapped to start several other companies. The majority of my immediate family owned small operations where I provided support from general labor to administrative duties while continuing my studies in business management and interior architecture. After graduating, I experienced diversity and inclusion barriers to entry-level positions within the design space. This challenge activated my desire to advocate for both young and mature minority professionals who desire ownership in their field of confidence. I enjoy demystifying the business start process with those who find it intimidating. I thrived with the implementation of new processes, technologies, and systems to improve and streamline organizational use of resources and materials. In 2022, I impulsively decided to make Evansville, IN my new home for two reasons. The first reason is to be near my grandmother and to be of service in a forward-focused environment. Evansville's, "E is for Everyone", campaign truly spotlights the efforts of our region to diversify and cultivate meaningful connections. After hours I enjoy exploring the Tri-state venues with new friends and my dog, Cornbread. I enjoy this region's open fields, parks, and nature scapes, much more than the big city. In my spare time, I advocate for start-ups, MBE, and Women-owned businesses to support their efforts in operational success. I work with community partners to foster a vibrant regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and help entrepreneurs from start to retirement get connected with the right resource at the right time in their journey.