Since 2014, MORTAR aims to create diverse communities by enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access the resources needed to start & run successful businesses.
At MORTAR, we believe that entrepreneurship can change lives. When people have ownership in an area, they also have pride. That pride manifests itself in the way that the residents become involved in their neighborhoods; no longer feeling like spectators watching life happen from the “cheap seats” – but instead taking the field, making plays as productive members of society.
When neighborhoods are growing, a lot of planning goes into renovating historic buildings and creating magnificent green spaces. In the same way that these locations have the potential to become booming communities, MORTAR believes that the neighborhood’s residents have the potential to create booming enterprises – just footsteps from their homes.
MORTAR fulfills its purpose by building on these successes through focusing on those who are often ignored. By targeting underserved and redeveloping communities, we’re offering these non-traditional entrepreneurs the opportunity to use their inherent talents to not just make a dollar, but to positively participate in the rise of Cincinnati.
Throughout our 15-week course, MORTAR helps both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs build a comprehensive business canvas and learn the nuances of business management; The goal being to launch businesses that create jobs and circulate dollars locally.
We don’t stop when the program’s over, however! MORTAR alumni will have access to new customers and opportunities for additional funding in addition to a mentorship network of business leaders.
ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR
76% AA, 13% white, 3% multiracial, 7% other
OF MORTAR ALUMNI
are black women
have experienced significant hardship
Honestly, it can be very difficult for urban entrepreneurs to start or maintain existing businesses – especially without a business background or access to resources. In a lot of areas around Cincinnati development moves so quickly that for small business owners, it may feel like catching up – or keeping up is an impossible goal.
Our Alumni stories are a testament to how beneficial MORTAR’s curriculum and mentorship can be. Get to know them, below!
We believe that entrepreneurship can change lives. When people have ownership in an area, they also have pride. This pride then manifests itself in the way that the residents become involved in their neighborhoods; no longer feeling like spectators watching life happen from the “cheap seats” – but instead taking the field, making plays as productive members of society
MORTAR Alumni are stepping up in a major way! They are offering products
and services that can help make times easier during Covid-19. Please be sure to support our Alumni by taking a look at this growing list of services and specials.