Selected communities will participate to frame, contextualize, and organize around small business equity in their community.

Participation is a 10-month engagement, from June 2021 to March 2022, in four core areas: (1) racial equity training, (2) community and economic development training, (3) technical assistance, and (4) development of a racial equity plan.

The 2021 Program will focus on centering racial equity in small business support to build strong regional economies. Trainings will include:

  • Racial equity in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery
  • Financing and access to quality credit for small business owners of color
  • Building strong, equitable commercial corridors and regional economies
  • Small business ownership as household and community wealth building
  • Supporting transitions from sole proprietorships to community employers 

Each community cohort will be led by a community foundation committed to building cross-sector partnerships to support minority-owned small businesses. Cohorts will meet biweekly for the first five months of the program and then meet on an as-needed basis to participate in technical assistance and develop their racial equity plan for the second half of the program.

Cohort applications are due May 1, 2021, and applicants will be notified by May 10, 2021. Apply here. Information and sample training sessions from the 2020 ROC Cohort Program can be found here.

For any questions about the application process or assistance building a cross-sector cohort in your community, please contact Ali Shott at or 215-574-3970.

Infographic illustrating the Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) Cohort Program

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