CREATING A COMMUNITY OF INNOVATION AND LEADERS
- 50% of the residents in Lincoln heights live below the poverty line
- 14% of Ohio residents live below the poverty line
- Equip the residents of Lincoln heights with the tools they need to create products and business that will not only create jobs but solve community issues.
- Creating a skillful community that is committed to the research and development of that community will effectively create a self-sustaining ecosystem of talented workers, jobs, and leaders.
- “THE HOWARD AND KERLIA DANIELS LEARNING AND INNOVATION CENTER” WILL OFFER AFFORDABLE COWORKING, CONVENING, MEETING AND MAKERSPACE.
HOW TO MEASURE SUCCESS.
Member Advanced Program
- Create Businesses in the hub that will result in dozens of new jobs or contract opportunities through member engagement. Building a prepared and capable pipeline of entrepreneurial leaders and sustainable businesses that will begin the creation of sustained employment in Lincoln Heights
- The intent is to convert the investment into sustainable businesses who go on to create new forms of business and ongoing employment. Four walls and Wi-Fi do not make entrepreneurs, however building off the creativity of the residents through the mentoring provided, the networking, and workshops will be key.
- Raise $500k in a combination of angel investment, initial customers, grants from government and NGOs, and self-funding. We need a means to measure the KPIs to determine the impact on the lag indicator of sustainable jobs and later-stage investment.
PHASE 1 - DEMO
It all starts by empowering the residents of Lincoln Heights to solve the problems that have halted progress. Works of All Sorts LLC and Supreme Fixes LLC, two black owned businesses, were hired to start the demo of the Howard and Kerlia Daniels Learning Center, taking the house down to the studs. Robert Ervin, the owner of Work of All Sorts LLC said “he was honored to bring back a house that we once played in and bought candy as a young boy.”