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December 2021

Chevonne Harris, Columbus CEO Future 50 class of 2022

Courtesy of Columbus CEO
By Jess Deyo
December 28, 2021

Chevonne Harris
Founder and CEO, brand strategist, ThriveIN

Community: National Association of Black Journalists, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, Eryn PiNK Girl Empowerment Organization, Columbus Commission on Black Girls, Women at Work Initiative

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Idea: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are making the leap into entrepreneurship. While people of color are more likely to start a business than any group, specifically Black women, there is a significant gap in access to capital and operational revenue for Black and brown individuals. I propose a citywide pitch competition for Black and brown business owners, current or aspiring. But this isn’t your typical pitch competition. This is #NextLevelGiving. Beyond a large-scale monetary prize (consider a corporate partner), the winners would receive mentorship, one-year complimentary work space (such as COhatch or WeWork), a technology makeover (laptops, printers, software), access to pitch to potential investors and complimentary marketing and accounting services.

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