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Lunch & Learn: Access to Capital Resource Workshop

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


About the Workshop: 

Discover pathways to financial empowerment for your business! Join us for an exclusive online seminar hosted by the Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division at the Urban League Greater Southwestern Ohio, in collaboration with the Urban Empowerment Fund at the National Urban League, Citywide Dayton, the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) in Dayton and the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI).

Unlock the keys to success as we unite to bolster small businesses’ access to capital in Cincinnati and Dayton. Through our partnership with the Urban Empowerment Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we’re dedicated to providing essential capital to minority-owned small businesses in urban communities.

CityWide stands ready with diverse financing solutions, from business loans to incentive financing, tailored to invigorate regional vitality. Their comprehensive suite of financing options complements private sector resources, ensuring a seamless fit for businesses of all sizes and industries.

Meanwhile, the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) are committed to nurturing the growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-friendly, and disadvantaged businesses across Ohio. From technical and professional assistance to access to capital and business opportunities, MBAC equips entrepreneurs with the resources they need to thrive.

Moreover, the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) stands as a beacon of entrepreneurial education, empowering individuals and small business owners since 1998. Through tailored programs encompassing entrepreneurial education, small business training, business coaching, and access to capital, GCMI supports individuals with low to moderate income or existing business owners in realizing their entrepreneurial dreams.

Join us in this dynamic online seminar as we empower black and brown businesses that have received the Resiliency Grant in the City of Dayton and those seeking a lending lifeline for their ventures on a regional scale. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn, connect, and advance your business! Register now to reserve your spot.


  • Oseremi Adekoye, VP of Lending, Urban Empowerment Fund at the National Urban League
  • Jelani Johnson, Director of Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)
  • Shane Wilken, Sr. Business Development Officer, CityWide
  • Willie Hill, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI)




May 16
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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