Black-owned businesses account for nearly one-third of all businesses in Cincinnati, Ohio. What most consider a small town in the heart of flyover country found itself in the lineup of Inc. magazine’s list of top 50 cities to start a business.
But despite the earned clout, the local startup and business ecosystem hasn’t always felt very inclusive. At least not to the local entrepreneurs who didn’t feel they had access to resources, funding, and connections in the same way their counterparts had.
Enter Candice Matthews Brackeen, a leader in Cincinnati’s startup community who was one of the first to wave her hand to say, yes, Black Ohioans are at a disadvantage when it comes to being empowered to create and launch tech-based enterprises.
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Story excerpt provided by The Moguldom Nation.
Written by Sherrell Dorsey.
Originally published November 19, 2019.