Through culturally competent programming such as The Black Business Conference: Greenwood Week, Black Restaurant Week, and industry specific summits (real estate, tech, arts, etc.), Greenwood Plan focuses on intentional resource redirection, economic justice, business growth and sustainment, and socioeconomic guidance. Within these processes, the project aims to:
Support and educate Black-owned businesses to start, sustain, and/or grow within the local economy and beyond;
Create a network for and comprised of local business owners to connect with peers and organizations;
Advocate for and eliminate barriers for Black entrepreneurs, professionals, and artists;
Encourage self advocacy around economics and entrepreneurship;
Support and train larger organizations on initiatives and working with Black-owned businesses equitably;
Enrich the lives of Black entrepreneurs with health and wellness programming with local consultancy; and
Engage and encourage businesses in industries of the future.
GREENWOOD WEEK PITTSBURGH
Every year since 2018, we have hosted a conference focused on creating space and opportunity for Black entrepreneurs and businesses in our region. This conference has served hundreds of participants and has created an easier path to resources that may exist beyond barriers for members of our communities. Through features such as physically accessible spaces, daycare, meals, virtual options, flexible pay, and clear/concise language, our program has been able to connect organizations and individuals in a meaningful and intentional way. MORE INFORMATION
EMERALD CITY PITTSBURGH
The Downtown co-working space focused on supporting and hosting Black entrepreneurs and businesses. MORE INFORMATION
The goal of the purchase of The Pitt Building is to create an autonomous ecosystem where Black businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations are able to rely on, do business with, and grow alongside their peers. By intentionally redirecting our region’s resources into Greenwood Smithfield and its tenants, this space will create a scalable and replaceable model for how to build equitable ecosystems, in which participants will springboard into success and growth that is reflective of the growth possible in Western PA and beyond. MORE INFORMATION
EVENTS & NETWORKING
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This program specifically has provided $500 stipends to Black businesses to alleviate minor business costs. But this year we are also adding a stipend to support training for Black led non-profits. To donate to this fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.