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Greater Cincinnati's African American Chamber of Commerce and MORTAR are partnering to create a Minority Business Emergency Assistance Fund. The money is designated for minority and small businesses that are hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic and need access to capital immediately. Funding can be used to fill payroll gaps, make rent and mortgage payments, as well as other bill payments.

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As we celebrate Black History Month, MORTAR, a local business accelerator, is looking to the future instead of the past. MORTAR Managing Partner and 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow Derrick Braziel presents Future History Now, a day filled with impactful programming and conversations on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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The American Dream promises opportunity, class mobility, and prosperity. How are we doing on this promise?

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The next great business leaders may be working on their sales pitches at an elementary school near you. Cincinnati Public Schools launched its Vision 2020 initiative in 2016. The idea is to strengthen neighborhood schools through specialized new programming in partnership with the community. At Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and Westwood School business acumen is the focus. Students in the 5th and 6th grades design, start and maintain their own businesses as part of the schools' Student Enterprise Program. Local business owners visit the classrooms to give real-world advice to the young entrepreneurs.

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There is a new program in Cincinnati helping women turn their passions and hobbies – whether that’s baking, arts or ceramics – into businesses. MORTAR Indigo is a partnership between MORTAR, an entrepreneurial training program, and Indigo Hippo, a creative reuse store, gallery and mentorship program in Over-the-Rhine. The program helps teach women the skills they need to successfully build their businesses.

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The Neighborhood Economics Conference will be held November 17 and 18 at Xavier University. The conference is designed to highlight the importance, and foster the growth, of the economy at the local, neighborhood level, in order to enact positive changes in communities.

It can be difficult for urban entrepreneurs to start new, or maintain existing, businesses, especially without a business background or access to resources. MORTAR is a new program to help low-income urban entrepreneurs build or expand their businesses, using a nine-week entrepreneurship course designed to provide them with the tools to help them grow, as they better their communities.