Since 2014, we have worked diligently to assess the barriers and obstacles to success for Black, Brown, and Women-owned businesses; and reverse-engineered our processes to develop systems of social change delivering access to the tools and the resources needed to start and grow successful businesses. 

Our goal is to make our unique system of entrepreneur training and support accessible to all entrepreneurs pushing through challenging systems of inequity while working to reach their version of the American Dream. As the nation begins to rebuild local economies after the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Black, Brown, and minority entrepreneurs need support more than ever to start, grow and scale their businesses.

In the next five years, our goal is to expand the MORTAR network to 15 new cities. By establishing place-based programming in environments ripe for minority-small business growth MORTAR hopes to help entrepreneurs reach their dreams, build transferrable generational wealth for their families, and drive booming local economies.


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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.


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.


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.



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.  


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. 


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

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