Celebrate Black Business Month

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August is Black Business Month! Join us as we celebrate Black entrepreneurship and recognize and support Black-owned businesses in communities across the nation. Check out our impact stories to read about the amazing entrepreneurs, champions, and change-makers dedicated to growing and sustaining more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Black Wall Street Forward

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The Black Wall Street Forward initiative is modeled on the pillars that made Durham’s original Black Wall Street successful, and aims to continue the legacy of this vibrant work by supporting and catalyzing local leaders, Black business owners, and champions.

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Register for E3 Durham today!

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The E3 Durham Community Navigator Pilot Project is designed to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you have an idea for a new business, are an existing business seeking to grow, or a business that looks to recover during these uncertain times, the E3 Durham Community Navigator Pilot Project is here to help.

Register here to be connected to a network of support organizations that have comprehensive support services to meet the needs of current and future business owners.

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Passing The Flame in Baltimore

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The Black Butterfly Network in Baltimore is doing incredible things and we are here for it! On Sunday, April 24, 2022 a special “Passing the Flame” gathering took place to celebrate the success of this first cohort while welcoming the next generation of inspiring entrepreneurs into their network.

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Building a More Equitable Indianapolis

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Upwards of fifteen Indianapolis metro entrepreneurship support organizations (ESOs), in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Forward Cities, are on a journey over the next 10 months to design and implement ecosystem projects that bolster capital access for entrepreneurs of color. This investment is part of JPMorgan Chase’s $30 billion racial equity commitment to advance economic inclusion and help close the racial wealth gap.

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Work With Us

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Forward Cities is a dynamic organization with a diverse and highly collaborative team of professionals who are committed to authenticity, trust, equity & inclusion, humility, growth, joy, and building a legacy that removes barriers to entrepreneurship for current and future generations. We currently have opportunities to join our team. Apply today!

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Impact Stories

Storytelling is in our DNA. We celebrate the champions and change-makers dedicated to growing and sustaining more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities and beyond.

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At Forward Cities, we value collaboration above all and are always interested in finding new partners, exploring new ideas, and forging new ground. Please share how you might like to engage with us as we collectively pursue equity for every entrepreneur.

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Community Impact

Strengthening a local equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem requires intention, stakeholder alignment, local leadership, timely data, trust-building, authentic community engagement, and an actionable plan that can be invested in and sustained over time. We work with cities to help implement their plans, track their data, amplify emerging stories, and identify public and private resources to sustain this work over time.

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Our work is generously supported by local and national foundations as well as corporations and individuals who share our commitment to fostering more equitable entrepreneurial communities across the country. If you are interested in supporting us directly please click here.  If you’d like to talk further about how you or your organization can best support Forward Cities’ mission please contact us.  Thank you!

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