Supporting Nontraditional Entrepreneurs in Underserved and Redeveloping Neighborhoods

This solution addresses entrepreneurship training in Cincinnati for nontraditional Entrepreneurs in redeveloping neighborhoods

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Problem Description

Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is rapidly transitioning into one of the most promising neighborhoods in America, and Walnut Hills is being called our city’s next revitalization story. MORTAR fulfills its purpose by ensuring that no residents of these redeveloping neighborhoods are left behind.

Building Blocks

Story

When neighborhoods are growing, a lot of planning goes into renovating historic buildings and creating magnificent green spaces while little attention is paid to the native residents of these now flourishing areas. 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. By targeting underserved and redeveloping communities, we’re offering 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.

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 as spectators watching life happen from the “cheap seats” – but instead taking the field, making plays as productive members of society.

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Resources

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    When neighborhoods are growing, a lot of planning goes into renovating historic buildings and creating magnificent green spaces that look awesome in the background of social media selfies – while little attention is paid to the existing residents of these now flourishing areas. 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.

Organizations Involved

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and implementing5
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Policy design
  • Programme design
  • Business modelling
  • Organisational design
  • Prepare for some adaptation to implementation
MEDIUM
  • Programme funds, equity, loans, grants
HIGH
A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
An implemented and sustainable innovation

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