MORTAR’s mission is to ensure that all entrepreneurs and small businesses, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race or background, have every opportunity to participate in the rejuvenation of their community. Founded in 2014, MORTAR has received national attention from NBC Nightly News, Politico Magazine and many other platforms. MORTAR’s co-founders have been recognized on FORBES’ 30 Under 30 list and Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 Under 40 list. By the end of 2016, MORTAR will have graduated our 100th entrepreneur. Our graduates and the growth of their businesses are proof that when potential is harnessed, great opportunities are created and building communities through entrepreneurship works.

Despite these successes, access to capital continues to be a challenge for MORTAR entrepreneurs. The Iron Chest is MORTAR’S newest venture that will help under-resourced entrepreneurs secure start-up funding. We are launching The Iron Chest with this grassroots #100FOR100 campaign. In 2017, we’ll begin rolling out individual crowd-lending campaigns for at least 8 MORTAR Alumni companies using the Kiva Zip platform to recruit diverse lenders – changing what “investing in our communities” looks like for non-traditional, under-served entrepreneurs. These individual Kiva campaigns will grant businesses who need under $10k an opportunity to move to the next level, raising loan capital easily – and The Iron Chest allows MORTAR to fill any gaps in funding.

MORTAR is encouraging 100 individuals, businesses or organizations to donate any amount from $100 to $1,000 to The Iron Chest. The #100FOR100 CAMPAIGN encourages people of various backgrounds from all across the country to support our most promising entrepreneurial graduates. Our goal is to raise $10k in donations from individual givers and another $40k from partners, small businesses and corporations. EXCITING NEWS: We’ve received a pledge from Matt Butler, president of Signature Hardware to match funds raised up to $50k, so with your help, it’s possible to create a loan fund of $100k! REMEMBER, all of these donations are tax deductible, as MORTAR is a federally recognized 501c3.

UPDATE: We’re almost at the finish line of our #100for100 campaign and you helped us pass our goal of raising $10,000 to support entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity! With a few days left in 2016, please considering helping us close our remaining $50,000 gap by contributing a gift of any amount.  We hope to raise an additional $25,000 – but we need your help!

Thank you so much for your support and have a wonderful Holiday season!


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