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Franklin Co

Forward Cities’ Franklin County Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator convenes entrepreneurs, their champions and cross sector community leaders from across Franklin County and the City of Columbus.

Using a human-centered design approach, we connect directly with entrepreneurs and the entrepreneur support organizations who serve them to gather data and insights to better understand the state of the equitable entrepreneur ecosystem and the needs of entrepreneurs. We work with local partners to activate pilot initiatives including those that support entrepreneurs in disconnected neighborhoods to turn their side hustle into a formal business, and those that support established businesses to grow. Our aim is to help Franklin County build and sustain an equitable and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem for its residents through community-led and informed strategies. Our work is initially focused in the King Lincoln and Whitehall neighborhoods.

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LC Johnson

Local Director, Franklin County/Columbus

LC Johnson is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist with a passion for uplifting and empowering women and communities of color. She is a recognized subject matter expert whose work and writings on the topic of race and gender have appeared in outlets such as Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and Policy Mic. In addition to over ten years of experience developing and facilitating entrepreneurship, economic development, and social justice initiatives in a diverse range of communities, she is the founder of Zora’s House – a coworking and community space whose mission is to provide women of color with the clarity, confidence, and connections they need to amplify their authentic voices; grow and contribute their talents; and powerfully transform their lives, careers, and communities.

LC resides in Columbus, OH with her husband, her two-year-old son, and their dog Huey. When not at work LC enjoys reading, watching comic book movies, drinking beer, road trips, and eating ALL OF THE THINGS.