We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitland Rodgers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Caitland, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
UnitedPeople is bridging the gap by providing a platform for the under represented. The Equity crowdfunding platform called UnitedPeople will host offerings for small businesses, start up businesses, and real estate transactions. Each offering will be publicly advertised on the platform. Our focus will target the underfunded minority women, and minorities as a whole.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am excited to announce UnitedPeople an equity crowdfunding platform that focuses on the under represented. It allows small businesses, start up businesses, and real estate transactions access to capital through the plaform. Each offering will be hosted and publicly advertised on the platform to the internet as an investment opportunity. We separate ourselves by taking action and no longer depending on the giant financial institutions to fulfill our dreams, we are giving the power back to the people who will define the future of investing. Being a woman and a woman of color has made this journey difficult, women are unfortunately not seen as equals in a workplace. I overcome these challenges daily in life by proving my works with work and not with words. My value is shown through my work, I’ve proven my seat at the table consistently. As women we will not face these hurdles once in life but often times you will find yourself proving why your voice should be heard daily. Do not let this sew doubt into your mind, but allow this to breed courage and strength to overcome those challenges.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite places to hangout and visit is Six Flags Over Texas especially during the holidays, I enjoy eating the food and riding almost all of the rides. I always try to challenge myself to ride every ride before we leave and I never fulfill my obligation. One day my children will force me to ride every ride, because I always tell them “be a man of your word”.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank Manny Fernandez for his time, his mentorship, his generosity, and the love he has for giving back to people. Manny has changed my life, not because of the rewards of money, not because of the rewards of being able to network with Manny, but truly because Manny is always teaching. The quote he repeats the most is ” I can give you the fish to eat, but you will need to eat everyday, and therefore you will return to me everyday to eat. If I teach you how to fish, you will not only fish for yourself, but you will teach others how to fish.” Its the life long lessons and teachings I’m learning on a consistent bases for free that lets me know great people like Manny Fernandez still exist. I am blessed beyond words and I know that god will bless Manny for everything he is doing and will continue to do for the under represented community.

Website: http://www.unitedpeople.club/access

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitedpeopleclub/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnitedPeopleC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPeople-100416708791745

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