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Black-led Businesses Awarded For Bringing Change To The Community

Dr. Zaria Davis, Filling the Gap

Dr. Zaria Davis realized women weren't getting the same level of support when they were released from prison. That is why she launched Filling the Gap, a college readiness and leadership development program for individuals returning from incarceration. Now Davis is one of 29 black entrepreneurs receiving a grant from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to strengthen anti-poverty initiatives in the region.

The Black Empowerment Works grants are the first in a program designed by the United Way's Champions of Change, a group of local leaders focused on equitable outcomes in our community. The effort invests in ideas, programs and projects that are Black-led, grassroots-generated and aimed at addressing poverty. The United Way has invested $600,000 in the grants.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the grant program is United Way of Greater Cincinnati Community Impact Team Manager Jena Bradley; CEO and President Moira Weir; Champion of Change Terri Hurdle; and Filling the Gap Founder Dr. Zaria Davis.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.