A space where the Black community can Learn, Grow and Own.
The Jackson Ward Collective is a hub that connects Black business owners to each other and to resources that can help our businesses thrive.
Why “The Jackson Ward Collective?”
Our name 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.
Who should join?
Current or aspiring black business entrepreneurs: Have a great business idea but no idea how to get it off the ground? Known for your business savvy but lacking the technical know-how of how to run a company? Ready to scale, but looking for guidance? Missing opportunities for the networking, mentoring, funding or participation in programs necessary to grow your business?
You don’t have to go it alone. We have your back.
From strategic to community to service partners, the Jackson Ward Collective is proud to be sponsored by businesses, institutions and organizations eager to uplift the Black business community.