In partnership with Revive! Omaha Magazine, the Empowerment Network has worked to bring together key organizations to begin the formation of a North Omaha Entrepreneurship Collaborative. One of the top priorities identified by the community is to increase the number of businesses in North Omaha and African-American businesses city-wide.
Since 2012, Revive! and the Empowerment Network have hosted a monthly luncheon for African-American business owners and entrepreneurs. Over 200 African-American business owners and entrepreneurs have participated in various sessions, workshops and special events.
In the fall of 2014, the Network and Revive! worked with the community and small business support organizations to document an Entrepreneurship Pathway for North Omaha and African-American businesses. The process has continued as a number of organizations and businesses have agreed to work together to increase entrepreneurship and business growth in North Omaha.
No formal agreement exists, but the organizations have already engaged in supporting each other and connecting businesses to various resources and opportunities within the pathway. The organizations involved include: Revive! Omaha Magazine, Empowerment Network, Omaha Small Business Network, The Start Center, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations, Davis Companies, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Thrive Program, Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Nebraska Black Business Association, Urban League of Nebraska and Catholic Charities Microloan Program.
The Revive! Omaha Magazine Monthly Luncheon for African-American Business Owners and Entrepreneurs is held the 4th Friday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The North Omaha Entrepreneurship Collaborative holds meetings, workshops and summits as needed on specific topics. Please contact the Empowerment Network for additional information.