Local ESOs Come Together to Identify Solutions and Build 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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Deep Dive With Baltimore Ecosystem Builder Paulo Gregory

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We are delighted to share reflections from ESHIP Baltimore Local Organizer and Founder of Cohado®, Paulo Gregory. Paulo has been leading the ESHIP Baltimore work since 2020 after serving as a founding member of the ESHIP Baltimore Leadership Team and local council in years prior. Paulo is a dynamic and dedicated ecosystem builder, facilitator, designer, artist, grassroots community leader, and catalyst for racial and economic justice.

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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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Policing in America: The Impact on the Entrepreneur

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If entrepreneurs are the “key” to disrupting persistent generational wealth inequities, the “lock” is the communities they serve. When an entrepreneur taps into their passion, whether it’s entertainment, beauty, or food, they provide resources or means that enhance the community. In Black and Brown neighborhoods, these businesses are even more significant.

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Deep Dive With Long Beach Ecosystem Builder Kena Fuller

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We are delighted to share reflections from ESHIP Long Beach (ESHIP LB) Local Organizer and Founder of Fuller Management Corporation, Kena Fuller! Kena has been leading the ESHIP LB work since the spring of 2021 after serving as a member of the ESHIP LB Council. She brings to her work a vibrant passion for helping small business owners while creating greater equity in her community of Long Beach, California.

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Collaborators in Equitable Ecosystem Building

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Forward Cities is fortunate to have a growing number of funding and ecosystem building partners to help us deepen and expand our work.

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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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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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