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As our work in Cincinnati garners both our organization and our alumni national attention, organizations across the country want to know how they can duplicate our success for entrepreneurs in their area.

MORTAR’s expansion program is our response to this call. Our goal is to make our unique system of entrepreneur training and support accessible to all the doers and dreamers working toward reaching their version of the American Dream.



MORTAR at Bounce is a 15-week business accelerator that helps  existing and emerging entrepreneurs learn the nuances of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas.  


Renaissance Covington is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that amplifies the vibrancy of Downtown Covington’s evolving community. Covington is an accredited Kentucky and National Main Street Program as well as a Certified Creative District by the Kentucky Arts Council. Renaissance Covington was the recipient of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award. We embrace local culture, historic preservation, independent businesses and creativity throughout our work.


With two of our Founders, being from Indianapolis, this partnership was a no-brainer. Indianapolis has been digging deep into the Black Entrepreneurship ecosystem. 


Tulsa, Oklahoma the home of the Black Wall Street. The Greenwood district was the Black economic and cultural mecca until 1921, where a mob of white men burned and destroyed the community.  100 years later, it is an honor to be apart of the Black entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


The Porter House KC is a inner city based co-working community who provides entrepreneurship access and resources to underserved populations in the Kansas City Metro area.  Our mission is to be a bridge for underrepresented individuals that typically don’t have access to the entrepreneurial dream.


RISE was adapted from the highly successful Cincinnati based minority business accelerator program called MORTAR. The African American Chamber has formed a strategic partnership between
 LISC Milwaukee and The Milwaukee Urban League as a component of the Ramp Up Project. RISE curriculum will focus on enabling underserved entrepreneurs through education, guidance, and mentorship. 

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