A space where the Black community can Learn, Grow and Own.

The JWC Foundation is dedicated to supporting current and aspiring Black business owners in the Richmond, Virginia region. 

Why “JWC Foundation”

Our name stands for Jackson Ward Collective, and pays homage to our roots in Richmond, Virginia where the Jackson Ward community was once known as America’s “Black Wall Street”. At the start of the 20th century it was one of the richest black neighborhoods in the entire country, pulsating with theaters, stores and medical practices. This is where Maggie L. Walker founded St. Luke’s Penny Savings Bank, one of the first Black-owned banks in the nation, and gave Black entrepreneurs access to capital. This is where black people came not just to live, but to thrive.

We intend to replicate that story of Black success and echo the spirit of the original Black entrepreneurship throughout the Richmond region, Virginia and beyond. And we know that we can do this best when we join together.

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