ESHIP BALTIMORE | The Black Butterfly Has Landed!
ESHIP Baltimore, Local Organizer and Cohado, Founder Paulo Gregory catches us up to speed on what's taking shape in the Baltimore ecosystem.
The Black Butterfly has landed! It has been quite a sleepless couple of months, but we did it! In Baltimore, we are celebrating the creation of The Black Butterfly Exchange — which is a new platform that will launch later this month with about 250 Black-owned Baltimore businesses and more than 300 curated resources that provide support to Black and small businesses in Baltimore. This effort has been stewarded by our ESHIP Communities staff, dedicated council members, and community partners. All have been invaluable resources with incredible fonts of experience and knowledge — each bringing powerful insight that shaped and ensured these results.
We have also done outreach to more than 60 restaurants and retailers resulting in a full inaugural cohort of 15 participants for our Black Butterfly Network accelerator. This 8-Week program began with a reception/orientation on Sunday, October 24th, and officially commenced Monday, October 25th. The Cohort is spectacular — some struggling, some already flying. It is a blessing to see the passion and honesty in the responses to the registration. We look forward to sharing the platform and updates on our cohort in the coming months as we RISE together!