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Louisville Urban League celebrates opening of new hub for entrepreneurship

Local leaders celebrate the opening of the Louisville Urban League Entrepreneurship Center. The idea is to help local Black business owners thrive. On Monday, what began as an idea for Louisville has become a reality for Black business owners to create generations of Black wealth. “The opportunity is opportunities to sow seeds through T-shirts and tell a story, make a message and make an impact,” said Darla Thompson, CEO of Sow Journey. Bank, I know they’re launching a $3 million fund for Black businesses,” Thompson said. “What we want to be is a stall where people come, where people can come and check out basic things like LLCs. Are they in good condition? Is your tax number in place? That sort of thing,” said Brown. The Center is made up of organizations like Amped and a number of community partnerships, such as their business incubation program and Russell Place of Promise. “When you think about everything that marginalizes the community, from the red line to urban regeneration,” said Sow Journey, a business that Thompson runs at Norton Sports and Learning Center. While pursuing his career as a barber, he also received support from the Entrepreneurship Center, which is the foundation for running a successful business. “The soul journey, the journeys of the soul, is sort of symbolic for the upcoming Juneteenth celebration, and it simply describes the journey through Mother Africa. You can see the images inside the t-shirt as if you’ve seen it so many times… It is the spirit of the journey. people are still here on a journey,” said Thompson. Brown said it was exactly the kind of story that Thompson loved. “You don’t know these people are there. It felt like Christmas to me,” Thompson said. “So, this is a great opportunity and for entrepreneurs like me out there, keep dreaming and doing the work.” Just keep doing the work. That’s the Center’s purpose. The document shows an estimated 13 to 1 wealth difference between white and Black Louisvillians.

Local leaders celebrate the opening of the Louisville Urban League Entrepreneurship Center.

The idea is to help local Black business owners thrive.

On Monday, what began as an idea for Louisville has become a reality for Black business owners to create generations of Black wealth.

It’s about creating opportunities that had little or no existence before.

“The opportunity is opportunities to sow seeds through T-shirts and tell a story, leave a message and make an impact,” said Darla Thompson, CEO of Sow Journey.

“We know partners like the Bank of the Republic, I know they’ve launched a $3 million fund for Black businesses,” Thompson said. “We know that the community foundation is bringing organizations together to talk about this ecosystem and this place, and how we’re going to do that.”

Cynthia Brown, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, highlighted the convenience of what the center is trying to do.

“What we want to be is a stall where people come, where people can come and check out basic things like LLCs. Are they in good standing? Do you have your tax number in place? That sort of thing,” Brown said.

The Center consists of organizations such as Amped and their business development program and a number of community partnerships with Russell Place of Promise.

“You don’t know what you don’t know, and especially for Black business owners, and especially in western Louisville, when you consider everything that has marginalized this community from the red line to urban renewal,” Brown said.

Sow Journey is a business run by Thompson at the Norton Sports and Learning Center.

While continuing her barbering side business, she found the opportunity after receiving support from the Entrepreneurship Center, which forms the basis of a successful business run.

“The soul journey is kind of symbolic for the upcoming Juneteenth celebration, and it just describes the journey through Mother Africa. You can see so much of the images inside the shirt that you can see the images… That’s what the spirits of the journey are. People are still on a journey here,” Thompson said.

Brown said it was exactly the kind of story that Thompson loved.

“When I look at Darla, she’s the reason we’re doing this,” Brown said. “This is what you hope for all the entrepreneurs you work with.”

“You don’t know these people are there. It felt like Christmas to me,” Thompson said. “So, this is a great opportunity and for entrepreneurs like me out there, keep dreaming and doing the work.”

Just keep doing the work. This is the purpose of the centre.

A historic document released by local leaders in 2020 shows an estimated 13 to 1 wealth gap between white and Black Louisvillians.

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