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What do a berry farmer, beautician and the creator of a purse organizer all have in common? They'’re self-made entrepreneurs who produced thriving businesses all on their own.

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There is a new program in Cincinnati helping women turn their passions and hobbies – whether that’s baking, arts or ceramics – into businesses. MORTAR Indigo is a partnership between MORTAR, an entrepreneurial training program, and Indigo Hippo, a creative reuse store, gallery and mentorship program in Over-the-Rhine. The program helps teach women the skills they need to successfully build their businesses.

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It was conceived as a way to connect early-stage nonprofits and social entrepreneurs with potential funding, a sort of Shark Tank for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cincinnati will hold its annual Fast Pitch competition on March 2. Eight finalists will make their best three-minute pitches in hopes of winning more than $30,000 in grants and support.

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The Incline Incubator is a faith-based organization that encourages sustainable employment in the urban core by equipping local residents with the tools they need to build businesses that strengthen the community. The incubator is currently working to create jobs and wealth for the people living in Price Hill.

It can be difficult for urban entrepreneurs to start new, or maintain existing, businesses, especially without a business background or access to resources. MORTAR is a new program to help low-income urban entrepreneurs build or expand their businesses, using a nine-week entrepreneurship course designed to provide them with the tools to help them grow, as they better their communities.


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Applications are now being accepted for the second ArtWorks Big Pitch. Presented by U.S. Bank, the Big Pitch is a 10-week mentorship program and pitch competition for established artists, makers, designers, and creative entrepreneurs competing for up to $20,000 in business grants. 

  During the last decade Greater Cincinnati has become an increasingly-popular hub for entrepreneurs and startup companies. One local business accelerator, UpTech, is hosting a first-of-its-kind career fair at its headquarters in Covington this February. The goal of the event, called UpLink, is to connect talented local students with startups who are looking to make new hires, both full-time and part-time, as well as who have internship opportunities.

  Bad Girl Ventures supports female-owned small businesses throughout Ohio. Since its launch, BGV has been successful in educating over 520 female entrepreneurs and awarding $565,000 in loans throughout the state. Last month BGV graduated its ninth class of finalists in Cincinnati and announced the program’s winner and runner-up.

  What can Wall Street learn from thriving small businesses on Main Street, and how do these businesses evolve successfully from their start-up roots? Those questions inspired three economists, Paul Oyer, Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer, to take a road trip across America's heartland.

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