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FOR THE

DREAMERS &

Since 2014, MORTAR aims to create diverse communities by enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access the resources needed to start & run successful businesses. 

BUILDING COMMUNITIES. TRANSFORMING CITIES.

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.

WHAT WE DO

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.

1 %

ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR

76% AA, 13% white, 3% multiracial, 7% other

1 %

OF MORTAR ALUMNI

are black women

1 of 4

OF ALUMNI 

have experienced significant hardship

OUR ALUMNI STORIES

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 with the help of our incredible staff, alumni community, and supporters like you, MORTAR has created an inclusive approach that has helped entrepreneurs of all stripes participate and succeed."

MEET THE

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

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