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Economic Development

There are levels to this


 LISC and the Art Tatum Zone hosted an entrepreneur-nontraditional lender speed mentoring event on Thursday, September 14.  The event was a success thanks to the creative and driven entreprenuers in attendance.  


The event  featured: 

  • Ebony Carter, Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center; Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Bassam El Fadl, Relationship Manager, ECDI

  • Cody Brown, Manager of Development, Department of Economic Development, City of Toledo

  • Jason Bartschy, Loan Program Manager Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

  • Sarah Allan, Senior Program Officer, LISC Toledo

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Nontraditional Entrepreneur Event

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Supporting Local Entrepreneurs with Microgrants

We are thrilled to share that this past month we celebrated a significant milestone for us at the Art Tatum Zone - we successfully awarded four microgrants to budding entrepreneurs in our community! 


It's our pleasure to celebrate and acknowledge the entrepreneurial spirit of Desaree Rojas, Brandi Hampton, Dr. Marcel Hampton, and Lataya Burton. 


These grants symbolize our commitment to fostering innovation and supporting the dreams of emerging business talents within our community. Join us in congratulating these inspiring individuals and stay tuned for more updates on their journey! 

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The Art Tatum Zone is pleased to partner with Assets Toledo to develop entrepreneurs in the Junction Neighborhood through  providing 15 entrepreneurs  $1000 scholarships for Assets Toledo’s 13- week Business Design and Management Training Program.  

Assets Toledo and the Art Tatum Zone share a vision to assist motivated individuals who have a personal vision for self-employment and small business initiatives, but limited resources, by providing hands-on training, peer mentoring, a support network, and capital.

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A program for current high school students, as well as recent graduates, who need academic support or connections to crucial life skills, such as workforce development and career readiness, financial literacy, and so much more. 


The program meets twice weekly with transportation and food provided. Students that participate in the school year program are connected to summer employment opportunities that compensate at a starting rate of $10 per hour.  Juniors and seniors also are connected to shadow, internship, and long term employment opportunities.

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