Applications now open for PLACE Builders

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Developed in partnership with EcoMap, PLACE (Pava LaPere Award for Cultivating Ecosystems) Builders as an intensive, three-month fellowship program empowering change-makers to catalyze more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Join Us for BWSF Events in February

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In February 2024, Black Wall Street Forward will be hosting events in each of the five pilot communities, providing a unique opportunity to delve deeply into the strategic visions set forth by the Stewardship Councils.

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Casting a Vision & Catalyzing Support

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Forward Cities President & CEO, Fay Horwitt, shares the organization’s forward-looking strategy as we move into 2024 – an intentional response to the persistent and growing economic exclusion.

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Fostering Relationships & Connection

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Forward Cities Research Manager, Nastacia Pereira, reflects on the immersive Black Wall Street Forward experience and explores the impact of the connections that were forged.

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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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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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Forward Cities in 2024: Casting a Vision, Cultivating Talent, & Catalyzing Support

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Forward Cities’ Journey in 2023: Reflecting on a Year of Triumph & Transformation

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Fostering Relationships & Connection

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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!

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