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Work With Us

We are seeking a Program Director who will serve as the lead project manager for Forward Cities’ SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program. This is a ‘hub and spoke’ network designed to increase connectivity, counseling services, and capital access for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Durham/Durham County, NC.


How Narratives Power Ecosystems

Join us for our final installment of the E3 Scorecard webinar series as we explore the role of narratives in supporting equity in entrepreneurial ecosystems. We’ll be joined by Anika Horn and Charles Ross to discuss unique storytelling approaches and how to effectively use metrics when doing the work of advancing ecosystem practice.


Community Navigator

Forward Cities was selected as a grantee for the U.S. Small Business Administration‘s (SBA) Community Navigator Pilot Program aimed at reducing barriers for underserved entrepreneurs and small business owners. We will work in close collaboration with both the City of Durham and Durham County to deploy the nearly $1 million awarded, with the two-year grant period beginning December 1.

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Collaborators in Equitable Ecosystem Building

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

Meet Our Partners

ESHIP Communities

The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them. The program supports the creation and evaluation of a repeatable, bottom-up approach to building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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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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The Black Butterfly Network Launches Comprehensive New Platform to Uplift Baltimore Black Businesses


What’s Happening Next With ESHIP Communities?


Growing Food Hubs Throughout Northern New Mexico


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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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!