Leading Forward

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Forward Cities is proud to have emerged as a leader within the field of equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem development under the stewardship of President & CEO, Fay Horwitt. Read Fay’s personal reflections on her journey with Forward Cities over the past three years and learn more about the strategic shift that will allow us to amplify our vision and impact.

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Our Mission

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To catalyze wealth building opportunities for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous entrepreneurs by transforming the way local communities see, support, and sustain them.

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Meet the PLACE Builders Fellows

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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. Meet the fellows!

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Centering the Needs of Black Entrepreneurs

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Black Wall Street Forward is creating spaces of connection, opportunity, and engagement, for local entrepreneurial communities. Read about the February Strategic Vision events and more in our recent BWSF blog stories!

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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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On a Personal Note: Leading Forward

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PLACE Builders Fellow Paco Ramos-Meyer

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PLACE Builders Fellow Sarah Spear

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Featured Program

As an action learning network of Black leaders committed to catalyzing economic liberation and wealth for Black communities, Black Wall Street Forward is reimagining and developing vibrant Black Wall Streets across the country. 

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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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