The Black Economic Renaissance: History in the Making

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“For this Black History Month I want to flip the narrative and uplift the economic history of Blacks and their impact on our national economy.” – Fay Horwitt, Forward Cities President & CEO

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The Journey of a Parallel-Preneur

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They say life comes at you fast. Entrepreneur Nefateria Fonda’ might agree. While she describes herself as always being on an entrepreneurial journey, she admits — that earlier in her life — she was so caught up in the process of checking the boxes, that she wasn’t really paying attention to what her mission was, or what her faith called her to be.

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Support the Black Wall Street Forward Pilots

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Reimagining Black Wall Street in our BWSF communities is fueled by the generous support from
the Truist Foundation, local partners, and community members. Join the movement and support this foundational work!

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Inspiring Entrepreneurs

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Congrats to our March E3 Durham Entrepreneur of the Month! Learn more about Cynthia Williams and Maltawell Holdings, Inc.


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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.

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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The Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit of Durham

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“The role of Outreach Director for E3 Durham has been a gift. I get to see people’s passions and dreams manifest thanks to the resources of the program. I’ve been given a beneath-the-surface sense of the spirit of Durham and the growing ecosystem here.” – Lee Gray, E3 Durham Outreach Coordinator

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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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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!