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D. Yvonne Rivers has been the Principal of The Phoebe Marketing Group since 1997, a marketing and training company serving globally and headquartered in Washington, DC. Yvonne is a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and studied graduate marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

 Yvonne has over thirty years of business experience and is the creator and producer of ‘American Dream Business Pitch’ established as ‘DC Shark Tank’, which is a business pitch competition established in 2015 that has developed tremendous accolades and exposure for Yvonne in ‘Black Enterprise Magazine.

Yvonne also serves as a "Pitch Coach'  across the U.S., including Bethune-Cookman University  in Daytona Beach, Florida and Howard University in Washington, DC and  other entrepreneurship programs.

 Yvonne’s work as conference facilitator and presenter for Small Business Administration (SBA brought her to Washington, DC in 2010 from Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. Yvonne is a Master Trainer with her custom curriculum in teaching entrepreneurship for National Urban League, Operation Hope and contractor for DC Small Business courses and many more.

 Yvonne aka ‘Phoebe’ has been an entrepreneur since 1988 in business development including business plans, marketing plans and sponsorship marketing.

Yvonne has expanded with a micro-enterprise program in Ghana, West Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. www.phoebemarketing.com

D. Yvonne Rivers is Principal and Founder of Phoebe Marketing Group, business development and training firm for businesses and nonprofit organizations. Some of the specialties skills include strategic business and marketing plans, businesses and nonprofit training and group consulting at retreats. 

Yvonne founded in 2002 the Women’s Point of View Forums and Phoebe Women Network. Phoebe Women Network is a network of women who are 'seeking to achieve their fullest potential.' Yvonne has been a Workshop Presenter for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Rivers is the co-founder of Nonprofit Boot Camp in 2005, a course curriculum of interactive workshop training for nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Rivers was named YWCA of South Hampton Roads ‘Woman of Distinction’ in Communications in 2009. PMG expanded with an office in Washington, DC in 2010 and is establishing a social entrepreneurship in Tamale Ghana, West Africa for women entrepreneurs.

Phoebe Women Network (PWN) in Washington, DC serves women as micro-enterprise businesses to become economically empowered. Yvonne also serves as a facilitator and presenter to Re-Entry citizens in Washington, DC and serves as a Business and Empowerment Coach and Motivational Speaker to women and men to utilize their skills and aptitudes to become entrepreneurs. Yvonne has done training for organizations as diverse as DC-OIC, Greater Washington Urban League, Greater Baltimore Urban League, DC CSOSA , DC Small Business Development Center and many more. Yvonne has over twenty-five years of nonprofit consulting and strategic planning experience, marketing national advertising and sponsorship for radio and newspapers and other media organizations across the United States.


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Tour Dates and Casting Calls will be announced SOON !

LIVE taping was a great success with 125 people in attendance

American Dream Business LIVE pilot TV Production 

Howard University

2201 Georgia Avenue NW

Washington, DC

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

‘American Dream Business’ announces the LIVE pilot television production of their business pitch competition on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Howard University 2201 Georgia Avenue Washington, DC from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. ‘American Dream Business’ pitch competition will travel across the U.S. hosting casting calls for business owners to pitch their business idea or concept. Tour cities include Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington, DC with filming of each city episode in Washington, DC at The Historic Howard Theater in 2017. Cash prizes and a Microsoft computer device will be awarded on September 27th. Co-hosts for the evening will be D. Yvonne Rivers 

Event is Free to attend, MUST register on Eventbrite

‘American Dream Business’ (ADB) is the brainchild of D. Yvonne Rivers, Principal of Phoebe Marketing Group and Creator and Producer of DC Shark Tank established in 2015. Business Pitch competitions are popping up across the globe. ADB beings a fresh and unique approach and perspective to pitching your business. Win or lose a pitch competition, business owners will be linked with business resources in all cities to grow and sustain a profitable business which is the ‘American Dream Business. ADB will be filmed on September 27th to produce a trailer to market to television networks.

Contestants are invited to register to pitch their business at Casting Calls being held on September 10, 2016 from 12 noon- 3 pm and September 17, 2016 from 3pm – 6pm at the Microsoft store at Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Va. Business icons serving as judges include Kimberly Bonner JD of New Day Consulting Systems, Warren Brown, Celebrity Chef at CakeLove, Dr. Leland Burge, Howard University Computer Science Professor and John Gloster JD, Howard University Office of General Counsel  and Monique Greenwood, Chair John H. Johnson Foundation

‘American Dream Business’ Pitch Competition being held on September 27, 2016 is sponsored by Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH), DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Howard University , Barry Homes Inc.and Phoebe Marketing Group.

News & Events

Phoebe Pitch Tank for Women Business Owners at Microsoft on May 4, 2016

Karen Wishart of Curzon Staffing was the winner, left to right Kim Bonner JD, Deborah Tillman, Phoebe, Karen, Tunesha Thigpen, and Carla Harris

Video: Johns Hopkins University 4th Annual Women's Leadership Conferences (WIB)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Testimonial Link: https://youtu.be/P7FPb7nk4kk


Phoebe Pitch Tank at WeWork on 3/2/16

Winner of Phoebe Pitch Tank on 3/2/16

Zeplyn Tillman of NeoAgeShow does his business pitch to Juliana Neelbauer @neelbauer and Warren Brown of CakeLove @cakelovedc

(left to right) Phoebe, Zeplyn Tillman, Juliana Neelbauer, Angel Rich (honorable mention) and Warren Brown

Podcast 27 Interview on Rhode Island Main Street Radio

January 15, 2016


Black Enterprise Magazine: Local Entrepreneur Wants To Get DC Black Businesses On ABC Shark Tank

March 31, 2015

Local Entrepreneur Wants To Get DC Black Businesses On ABC Shark Tank

Book: Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches by Jay Conrad Levinson (D. Yvonne Rivers featured on Page 110)

January 30, 2015

Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches

DC Shark Tank on 9/1/15 at Power Conference for Women