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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In Columbus, Ohio
we aim to  
build valuable relationships and empower our entrepreneurs to succeed in building their businesses. This will enable us to convert our vision, strategy, and processes – further establishing MORTAR as the go-to organization for helping communities build equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.


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. 


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.


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.