Juneteenth Gave Integrity to Entrepreneurship

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Thanks to Juneteenth, “entrepreneurial ecosystem” is now a resource that all Americans can use to build equity and upward mobility for themselves, their families, and all of our communities for generations to come. So, in this season of freedom, we first must honor the freedom that came second in order to begin recognizing any form of independence that can be claimed by all.

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Black Wall Street Forward

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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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Reflections From Westmoreland County, PA

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What was clear two years ago, and again during this week’s visit, is that the real assets in each of these communities are the people. Our work has helped bring them together and unite them around a shared vision. Once they can visualize it, it’s a matter of aligning the various pieces to achieve it.

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Passing The Flame in Baltimore

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The Black Butterfly Network in Baltimore is doing incredible things and we are here for it! On Sunday, April 24, 2022 a special “Passing the Flame” gathering took place to celebrate the success of this first cohort while welcoming the next generation of inspiring entrepreneurs into their network.

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Building 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 Rio Grande Ecosystem Builder Erin Ortigoza

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We are delighted to share reflections from ESHIP Rio Grande Local Director and co-owner of Ancient Waters Farm, Erin Ortigoza. Erin has been leading the ESHIP Rio Grande work since the Fall of 2019 and has been a dedicated member of New Mexico’s food economy ecosystem for fifteen years. She’s also a dynamic storyteller, community connector, impactful advocate, deep listener, farmer, and intuitive healer.

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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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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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