Diversity Wins

At REDI Cincinnati, diversity, inclusion, and belonging is at the heart of our Economic Development strategy. We know that the diversity of people, thought, and background is crucial to our region’s long-term success—as well as the success of our regional businesses that make up our business ecosystem. We are proud of our diverse business ecosystem and our inclusive communities. We know that we have additional work to do on creating more opportunities for businesses and people in the region.

Where Our Region is Going

The Cincinnati Minority Business Accelerator is leading the way in our region and has made significant progress over the past year in moving towards its ambitious objective of $1 billion in aggregate annual growth and 3,500 new jobs by 2022. To accomplish these goals, we have framed our work with four key strategic pillars.

MBA Steps

Why the Cincinnati Region?

Minority Business Accelerator's Goal Setters

Minority Business Accelerator's Portfolio Companies

REDI is working hard with partners such as the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to support additional programming for the region.     These programs include:

Minority Business Accelerator

The Cincinnati Chamber accelerates the development of sizable minority businesses and strengthens and expands the regional minority entrepreneurial community through our Minority Business Accelerator.
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Diverse by Design™

A regional initiative to attract, develop and retain diverse, high-potential talent and move Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to full inclusion.
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Workforce Innovation Center

The Cincinnati Chamber’s Workforce Innovation Center is an inclusive capitalism approach to grow businesses by mitigating barriers to employment.
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Cincinnati Compass

A virtual navigator to resources and connections for immigrants, refugees, ex-pats, international students and others. We welcome you to our region and hope you will use these resources to make Cincinnati your home.
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Making Black History

Spotlighting Today’s Leaders
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Lightship Capital

Wall Street Journal Feature

Lightship Capital Launches Fund for Underrepresented Founders in the Midwest

“Cincinnati-based Lightship Capital, a rare venture-capital firm managed by black partners, is raising a $50 million fund to invest in underrepresented founders in the Midwest. ” Read more.

Cincinnati Chamber

ESSENCE Feature

How Cincinnati Became An Emerging Destination For Minority Entrepreneurship

“When you think of the next hub for minority entrepreneurship, Cincinnati is probably not the first destination that comes to mind. But for those who are unfamiliar, the Cincinnati metropolitan area is the fastest-growing economic power in the Midwestern United States.” Read more