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Building Foundations: The Future of Black & Brown Entrepreneurship

Business & Economy

Building Foundations: The Future of Black & Brown Entrepreneurship

In-Person Forum

Friday, August 5, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Forum begins at 12:00 p.m.

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"It's not about who got to the table first, it's about - is the resource available for everyone. If we are not together and in the same room - we are causing double the work." – Luis Cartagena

Online registration has closed, but tickets are still available. For tickets or information, please contact Amber Smith at, or at (216) 621-0082.

For many small business owners, the last few years were some of the toughest to start and maintain a new business. The COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain struggles, and the contracting of the global economy are all playing a part. But for Black and Brown entrepreneurs, finding success in their startups has its own unique set of systemic and structural challenges around investors, developers, access, and more.

In April, we spoke with two Black business leaders who have found success in their careers and now lead successful multimillion-dollar enterprises. We heard their stories and learned what it would take to create a more just economy.

Now, we will hear from local entrepreneurs who are in the midst of their startups. Danielle Sydnor, CEO at Rise Together Innovation Center will lead our panelists in conversation on what a more equitable future can look like for Black and Brown entrepreneurs.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

For more information on City Club's health and safety protocols, click here. Email with any questions.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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