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Let's Get Engaged

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Posted By Darrin Redus
...one of my primary objectives has been to encourage our community’s diverse entrepreneurs to increase their level of involvement in regional events and activities. There is terrific information being shared on a regular basis at these events, but unfortunately too few of our region’s diverse entrepreneurs are in attendance to receive this information...
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Introducing Launch100: Helping 100 Minority and Inner City Businesses

Monday, March 08, 2010
Posted By Darrin Redus
Great things are on the horizon for minority-owned and inner city based businesses in Northeast Ohio. And that’s not only good news for those minority and inner city based firms, but it’s good news for the entire region! It’s been well documented how growing larger scale diverse businesses represent an essential component of a broader economic development strategy -- particularly the positive impact on job creation
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Leveraging Inclusion As An Economic Stimulus

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Posted By Darrin Redus
Much has been written about the economic benefits of growing larger scale diverse businesses. Higher levels of job and wealth creation for minorities and women; creating procurement opportunities for smaller diverse firms; and creating new business and civic leaders are but a few of the benefits routinely cited. Despite these highly desirable outcomes, the level of investment in this strategy continues to significantly lag behind other efforts. Given the overall state of the economy, I certainly recognize that all strategies, no matter how viable, are challenged to secure adequate resources. In such an environment, our funding community rightfully begins to search for the “highest and best use” of capital, or simply stated in today’s economy, what efforts can create the most meaningful and sustainable jobs in the shortest possible time frame?
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