Solving the Five Barriers to Entrepreneurship – Guest host Jacqui Dietrich of EIC is joined by Allen Woods, Executive Director and Co-founder of MORTAR, a nonprofit organization founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2014. Woods describes the five predominant barriers to entrepreneurship in their community and walks through MORTAR’s neighborhood-driven approach to enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access the resources needed to start and run successful businesses. The two explore MORTAR’s expansion to other cities and the support system that has made entrepreneurs in the program so successful.

Learn more about Allen and MORTAR’s work: https://wearemortar.com

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About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. 

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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