MORTAR Cincinnati

Matthew 25 provides food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, and medical aid and humanitarian supplies to those in need.

Established: 2014

Mission MORTAR aims to create diverse communities by enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access the resources needed to start and run successful businesses.

Serving Our Community:

  • 15-week culturally competent Entrepreneurship Academy that includes a business mentor, personal and business financial literacy, free legal assistance, and deeply discounted design, marketing, and accounting services.
  • 18-month Alumni Services programming to help navigate the challenges of business ownership.
  • Brick Pop Up Shop spaces to offer entrepreneurs discounted short-term retail spaces to test their ideas in real time.
  • Iron Chest Fund to offer grants and low-interest loans to alumni to assist with start-up costs.

Derrick Braziel, Founder, Development Director
Allen Woods, Founder, Creative Director
William Thomas, II, Founder, Expansion Director
Sadell Bradley, Strategic Director

MORTAR 2019 Cincinnati 
Board of Directors
Kala Gibson, President – Senior Vice President and Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
Pranav Kothari, Vice President – Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, KnowledgeWorks
Ashlee Young, Secretary – Manager Community Strategies, Strive Partnership
Richard Westheimer, Treasurer – Retired, Cincinnati Public Schools
Sean Rhiney, Director of Xavier University’s Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning
Jacob Samad, RKPT
Dr. Nita Walker, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services, UC Health
Sam Ross, Founder, Iconic Communications
Karyl Cunningham, Management & Operations, Mount St. Joseph University
Ben Greenberg, Co-Founder, BS, LLC
Erikka Gray, Owner, District 78, MORTAR Class 9 Alumni
Nicole Redus, President/CEO, Ascension Wealth Management
Rob McDonald, Taft Law

Other Ways to Help: 

  • Attend a Pitch Night
  • Purchase MORTAR Cincinnati merchandise
  • Host a MORTAR Haus Party
  • Host a MORTAR online peer-to-peer fund-raiser
  • Shop with or contract a MORTAR Alum

1329 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 888-4769

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