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The FirstThursday Story

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FIRST THURSDAY BIZ (now FirstThursday Charities) was founded in October 2002 (officially started holding monthly meetings May, 2004), by Larry and Francine Williams, Kikora Dorsey, Nate Miles and Ashby Reed in Seattle, Washington. Larry experienced a life threatening illness and even though it seemed hopeless, he survived. As result of a spiritual vision Larry had during his illness, he was inspired to use his professional expertise to build an organization that would enable him to support his community, especially underutilized businesses, entrepreneurs and charity organizations that support youth and families.

DSC_2689Larry has enjoyed great success professionally as an executive management professional, entrepreneur, strategic marketing mentor and coach. He believed that he could use his experience to help minority business owners learn to navigate the existing resources available to them and guide them in their success. Larry has a passion for serving the minority community, particularly small African American, underutilized and women owned businesses. While studying journalism at Seattle University, Larry worked full-time as an Account Executive/Reporter for The Medium Newspaper where he rose to Senior VP & GM. His itch for entrepreneurship led Larry to start his first business, Anchor Advertising, Marketing & PR in the Rainier Beach area of Seattle in 1982. A couple of years later, after experiencing unprecedented growth, he moved the business to 5th & Union building in downtown Seattle. His work with organizations such as the CAMP, Urban League of Seattle, Seattle/king County Boys & Girls Clubs and the Rotary, has enabled him to build partnerships with city, county and government leaders including the Mayor, City and County Councils as well as the Governor, which is instrumental in his success. First Thursday continues to evolve and supports many minority businesses and entrepreneurs and now have headquarters in Seattle and Jacksonville Florida as well as First Thursday World Charities, Inc. and plan to grow to other communities in the future.


Current Leadership Team (as of 11/2015)

W Larry Williams -Founder & CEO   wlwilliams@aol.com

Francine Williams – Founder   glodeanfw@gmail.com

Patricia Smith – President   psmith_22@hotmail.com

JaNet Maraire – Vice President   jayemaraire@gmail.com

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