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Empowering Minority Businesses: A Catalyst for Inclusive Economic Growth

The Outsiders Movement stands at the forefront of mental health advocacy, entrepreneurship, relationship building, and promoting a self-love lifestyle through their social club, and community events in support of one another. They work to help others to embrace uniqueness and inspire positive change in the community, fostering a space where authenticity, creativity, and personal growth thrive.​​ 

The Outsiders Movement knows that it’s not the easiest for minority-owned businesses to receive the funding or recognition they deserve. In a dynamic stride towards fostering economic inclusivity and diversity, The Outsiders Movement lending the support others need to make a difference. The Outsiders Movement is launching a comprehensive program designed to uplift minority-owned businesses by providing them with resources, mentorship, and opportunities for expansion. This initiative aligns with our core values of fostering a business ecosystem that reflects the rich tapestry of our community. 

With the guidance of The Outsiders Movement to minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs, there can finally be a dedication to building a more inclusive and equitable economy. This aims to create a ripple effect that not only benefits individual entrepreneurs but contributes to the overall prosperity of our community. Key components of the Empowering Minority Businesses Initiative include:

  • Financial Support: The Outsiders Movement is working with business owners to teach them how to make the most out of their funding in grants and low-interest loans to eligible minority-owned businesses. This injection of capital aims to alleviate financial barriers and stimulate growth within these enterprises. 
  • Mentorship Programs: We understand the importance of guidance and mentorship in navigating the complexities of the business world. Through mentorship programs, community development, and connecting with other established industry leaders, there’s an opportunity to support one another and foster a culture of shared knowledge and success. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Building a robust network is crucial for business success. The Outsiders Movement works to facilitate networking events, workshops, and conferences specifically tailored to connect minority-owned businesses with potential clients, partners, and investors. 
  • Educational Initiatives: Knowledge is power. Our initiative includes educational workshops and training sessions to equip minority entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s competitive business landscape.

Meet Darrion Nimrod

 Darrion Nimrod, Founder of The Outsiders Movement

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We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Darrion Nimrod. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Darrion below.

Darrion, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Can you open up about a risk you’ve taken – what it was like taking that risk, why you took the risk and how it turned out?

When I was 18, I started my journey in entrepreneurship. I had no idea how even to run a business, if I’m being honest. When I started, I was working at a local radio station. When that partnership ended, I moved to a different radio station to continue my journey. When I started to feel unfulfilled, I began to branch out and tried to find my own capture outsiders’ true identity without being under someone else’s umbrella. I got offered an opportunity to speak in Pittsburgh, so I grabbed my team and drove 18 hours in a snowstorm to do so. I spoke in front of 150 people. I remember after the speaking engagement, a child who I believe was in middle school came up to me and told me he had been listening to various speaking panels. Still, our story is the one that stuck the most and allowed him to identify how he wanted to live his life. And that is when I knew the outsider’s true potential. The goal was to impact as many people as possible, I didn’t care if it was one person or the entire 150, but I’m glad it resonated overall.

Darrion, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?

I’m DJ; I’m originally from Kansas City, Mo. I began my journey in radio in 2014 and have always wanted to be known to make an impact. My goal with outsiders movement is to give back. As everything has become more creative-driven, we pride ourselves on supporting creatives and giving them the tools they need to move forward. As of now, everything we do leads up to that. For example, we’ll be hosting networking events, community service initiatives, and motivational speaking.

We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.

In the past, I’ve struggled with depression. So much so it lead to me feeling suicidal on two occasions. But one in particular, in 2019, I was drinking a bottle of alcohol a day, and being that my anxiety at the time was unbearable, I was chugging NyQuil every night to sleep. At my darkest time, I realized it was time to fight back. I believe people struggle with depression because they can’t handle large incriminates of change at a time. And personally, that is what I was dealing with. Outsiders motto is “be transformed” and I believe you have to seek resilience through your transformation. Depression got me where I am today, and there’s no greater reward than resilience through depression.

How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?

Growing up, I came from a lot of structure. In high school, I even thought about who I would marry, and then some. Once Covid happened, all of that went out the window. Covid taught us that everything could change in an instant. I went from wanting a family to realizing I’m young and have so much life to see, and that isn’t something my wife and I have to rush. I think coming from structure and then having that structure ripped from under you really helps you realize to take control of your life in the best way.


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