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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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Changing the Narrative

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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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Inspiring Entrepreneurs

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Congrats to our January E3 Durham Entrepreneur of the Month! Born out of a dream of a place that combined her love for community, craft brews, and creating handmade items, Virginia George opened Durham’s only DIY bar, Crafts & Drafts NC.

Read more about Crafts & Drafts NC below!


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Meet Michelle Benham

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“When we share our stories, and learn from each others’ lived experiences, we are creating more connected and cohesive communities.” – Michelle Benham, Senior Director of Development & Communications

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Enroll in the E3 Durham program!

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The E3 Durham Community Navigator 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 program is here to help.

Enroll 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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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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Get in touch!

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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Support the vision

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!