Bringing It All Together

April 28, 2023 | By

Nutishia Lee

This story is adapted from the Forward Cities monthly e-newsletter. Subscribe for the latest news and updates from cities across the country.


April 2023

Bringing it all Together

Over the past nine months, groups of dedicated community members have come together in the five Black Wall Street Forward cohort cities – Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem – to catalyze narrative change and shape a sustainable model for the future of thriving, equitably invested, and self-determined Black-centric entrepreneurial communities. 

On March 30, those change-makers and partners gathered in Durham to celebrate the culmination of the Black Wall Street Forward engagement. The celebration kicked off with the Forward Cities team sharing the history and journey of the BWSF initiative and recognizing the EBIRs, Stewardship Council members, and partners whose dedication and support made the engagement a success. 

Guests attended sessions highlighting the journey and accomplishments of each of the cities and enjoyed tours of Penthouse Rooftop and Vault of the beautiful 21c Durham museum, boutique hotel, and restaurant in downtown Durham where the event took place. The celebration concluded with a look at next steps on our path towards designing, leading, and sustaining equitable entrepreneurial communities for Black business districts. We are incredibly proud of the vibrant work that has happened across these North Carolina communities and are excited for the future.  

View the Photos

Shining a Spotlight on
Durham Entrepreneurs

The E3 Durham Program continues to grow, and our E3 Navigators, Spokes, and partners are hard at work connecting small businesses with resources and opportunities in Durham, North Carolina. Click below to read more about the amazing entrepreneurs taking part in the program and their journeys.
Read the Stories

Read the Annual Report

We are pleased to announce that our Annual Report for 2022 is now available! As always, we are grateful for the support of the collaborators and partners who make our work possible. Thank you.
Read the Report

Staff Picks

Industry News, Reports, Best Practices
InBIA's 37th International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI37)
InBIA will hold the 37th International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI37), in Detroit, Michigan, this spring, April 23-26th. This event brings together entrepreneur support professionals from all over the globe to connect, explore new strategies, share best practices, learn about current trends and gather tools and resources. Peer-led sessions will focus on relevant topics, expert keynotes will share inspiring insights, and local ecosystem leaders will showcase their programs. Register here.
Other Picks
“History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.”

 – Michelle Obama


We are committed to ensuring equity for every entrepreneur, in every community. Please consider a gift to support our work.
Thank you!