Atlanta-based organization Our Village United received community grant from Jordan Brand
Atlanta-based women-led organization Our Village United (OVU) was among the recipients of the first community grant from Michael jordan and the Jordan brand.
The organization, based by dr. Lakeysha hallmon in 2016, helps entrepreneurs to become job creators in their local communities
“We have received hundreds of applications for community grants, and each one was a reminder of the unique impact and powerful personal connections that local community efforts can create,” Craig williams, president of Jordan Brand, said in a Press release.
When it comes to the growth and trajectory of black founders, Hallmon considers it essential to have resources and an engaged community. Receiving the support of the Jordan brand helps the OVU to continue its mission of training entrepreneurs to create jobs in their local community. It also helps these creators gain mentorship, which Hallmon says is critical to a business’s success.
“Mentorship is one of the most important factors in this program,” said Hallmon, 40. “Entrepreneurs need a credible ear and a tangible role model to support them in their growth and development and we are working to make mentoring and modeling key factors in our programming.”
Grant funds will be used to develop the organization’s ELEVATE program, a 12-week incubator that addresses the most pressing needs of small businesses by providing resources, tools, mentorship, training, welfare support. being and connecting with successful community partners, Ebony reported. .
“We also hope to expand our Unstuck program, which offers entrepreneurs and small businesses the opportunity to present their business challenges to a village of dynamic leaders and trendsetters in their respective fields,” said Hallmon. noted.
While the organization plans to expand its services beyond the Atlanta area in the near future, it continues to do a great job locally. OVU has helped entrepreneurs secure their first retail locations and enter into partnership agreements with national retailers. Last November, the OVU launched the Village Marketplace, a marketplace offering a range of products from about 25 local black entrepreneurs.
“The store shows that when they have access, black entrepreneurs can step up,” Hallmon said of the market located at Ponce City Market. “It’s also proof that there is strength in numbers and when we collectively commit to investing in ourselves and our community, we can create effective business vehicles that permeate our communities.