Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Underserved Neighborhoods

The Mayor of Cleveland has set aside $1 million dollars of public seed money to stimulate entrepreneurship in underserved communities on the city’s east side. The goal is to identify new and underdeveloped markets that would benefit most from an infusion of capital and business-development support, and to help small businesses grow.

FUSE executive fellow Aja Hardy will help identify untapped markets that could benefit from these programs, and will create a plan that helps small businesses scale into thriving enterprises, researching best practices in the city and elsewhere to inform her recommendations. The aim is to help eastside communities transform into diverse, vibrant, and economically developed neighborhoods.