Braziel said the city needs to build a comprehensive business canvas, learning the nuances of business management, launch businesses that create jobs and circulate dollars locally and gain access to new customers and opportunities for additional funding.
He said his organization can do some of those things, but a true partnership with the city would make a more robust statement to minority business owners that Cincinnati wants to be a leader in the development of minority-owned business startups.
"If you are a professional African-American, the place to be is Atlanta," Braziel said. "Why shouldn't it be Cincinnati? It should be. That's the vibe I want to create."