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Loans are hard to come by for any small business but minority owners have an even tougher time raising capital.  The African American and Filipino owners of a Cincinnati brewery and a restaurant had to figure out funding themselves. And despite the odds during a pandemic, both are thriving.

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.

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A new effort is underway in Cincinnati to support black-owned businesses in the city which are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday data shows black communities are being impacted by COVID-19 at the highest rates, not just in terms of health but economically as well.


The National Minority Supplier Development Council'’s annual conference, the largest gathering of minority-owned companies in the country, takes place next week in Chicago. 


Cincinnati is moving ahead with plans to create a new department of Economic Inclusion.  

Council could approve the new department and director position this week.  

City Manager Harry Black announced Monday that Thomas Corey will be filling the position.  Corey comes to the city from Baltimore, where he has been doing similar work for the last 14 years.  

Corey said his first goal is getting Council to approve a minority and female-owned business programs.

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Mayor John Cranley said this morning he has enough votes on city council to spend $175,000 on a consultant to study the city's minority contracting and set up an Office for Minority Inclusion at City Hall.

Cincinnati's record for awarding city contracts to African-American and female-owned businesses is not good and has been criticized for years.

Cincinnati leaders are pledging to involve more minority contractors in real estate developments that receive some city subsidy.  

Mayor John Cranley and seven of nine council members are supporting a motion to create a law that would attach an inclusion memorandum of understanding to such projects.  Cranley said it follows examples from the private sector.

Minority Business Accelerator

Sep 4, 2013
Cincinnati Chamber USA

Established in 2003, the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is the economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. We talk about the MBA’s mission and accomplishments in helping local minority firms with Crystal German, vice president of the Minority Business Accelerator and Economic Inclusion for the Chamber.