One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. (Acts 16:14)
Lydia Small Business Incubator is a community development venture capital program model. Local Partners develop, own and operate small business incubators supporting small business start-ups from the neighborhood with focus on women of color entrepreneurs. Jubilee Impact Fund provides capital, mentoring and other support for the start-up small business.
In the Bible, Lydia of Thyatira was a business woman who helped establish the early Church through her leadership, patronage and hospitality. Lydia was a seller of luxury textiles dyed purple worn or used by the wealthy elite. Her occupation and stewardship of her household indicates she was a woman with resources who use that wealth to care for others.