Promising Practices

A Collaborative Approach to Creating More Equitable Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

October 28, 2020 AT 1 PM ET

Forward Citiesfinal 2020 Promising Practices webinar featured partners from Franklin County/Columbus, OH. We'll discuss creating more equitable opportunities for every entrepreneur with Chief Operations Officer of Rev1 Ventures Kristy Campbell, Forward Cities Local Director LC Johnson, CEO and Managing Consultant with Aventi Enterprises Deonna Barnett, Small Business Concierge with the City of Columbus Henry Golatt, Managing Partner at Next Street Charisse Conanan Johnson, and Managing Associate at Next Street Joan Spirytus.

The Role of Manufacturing in Small Business Growth

August 20, 2020 at 1 pm ET

Forward Cities is joined by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and member organizations Mountain BizWorks, Manufacturing Renaissance, and Made in DC for its Promising Practices webinar, The Role of Manufacturing in Small Business Growth. The conversation will explore their approaches to developing a unique cross-section of 21st century manufacturing and small business growth, through an equity lens.


The Urban Manufacturing Alliance invites you to learn more about their broad work by visiting the following links:

State of Urban Manufacturing
Pathways to Patient Capital
Industry & Inclusion
Local Branding Community of Practice
How Makerspaces are Responding to the COVID Pandemic

Promising Practices Case Study: How New Kensington, PA is partnering to spur small business growth

June 25, 2020 at 1 pm ET

Join Forward Cities, CO.STARTERS, and The Corner Launchbox to explore how New Kensington, PA is an emerging corridor of innovation working to build a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating alignment among public, private, and nonprofit partners.

Leading Inclusive Conversations

March 31, 2020 at 1 pm ET

Join Forward Cities for a chat on the art of facilitating conversations that lead with an inclusive lens and help move communities to action through a more well-informed dialogue. With social distancing in full effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to ensure all perspectives are honored, voices are heard, and buy-in is had.

The webinar will be facilitated by Forward Cities’ Senior Director of Learning Networks, Brett Brenton. Featured panelists include Forward Cities’ Director of Talent Development, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Jamey Stowell of Delta Leadership, Inc., and Forward Cities’ Local Directors Kim Louis (New Kensington, PA) and Gabriel Muñoz (Kansas City).

The Role of Effective Leadership in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Innovation and Growth

November 14, 2019

Forward Cities and Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth University explore the factors that shape dynamic and collaborative relationships between entrepreneurial support organizations to create more robust economic development strategies in cities.

Drawing on Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research, this vibrant conversation focuses on the importance of connection, partnership, and leadership in shaping collaborative environments in entrepreneurial ecosystems in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Small Business Ecosystems

September 26, 2019

Communities around the country are increasingly recognizing the transformative economic and community-building power of Anchor Institutions (Anchors). These institutions are often an under-tapped resource that can play pivotal roles in creating and growing a prosperous economy by focusing on fostering a vibrant, inclusive small business sector.

The Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems report was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.