KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — After noticing a lack of economic resources for African American startups, six Knoxville women have come together to make change.

Tanika Harper, Deidra Harper, Kanika White, Angela Dennis, Dasha Lundy, and Kelle Jolly founded The Women LLC. Their mission is to create avenues for financing small business expansions and startups. All of the women either work or live in Knoxville. They came together last year with the hopes of giving African American business owners access to business loans that may have been difficult to receive in the past.

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