Mortar Cincinnati offering a diverse business program


CINCINNATI (WXIX) — Mortar Cincinnati in Pendleton is offering a 15-week course to build diverse communities by enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs to access resources to start and run a successful business.

“That’s it, learning how to have a business plan so we get them with partners, we get them with mentors who have been in the business before and help them understand all the things that come to them and coming for them as they ‘go through their entrepreneurial journey,’ said De’Marco Kidd, Mortar Cincinnati alumni director.

Pause Cincy is a collective of three companies focused on health and wellness and it launched its physical location in February 2020.

Diamyn Rembert and Errika Gray graduated from Mortar with businesses on Short Vine.

“After I [Rembert] graduated from college, I really had a lot of time and needed to find an outlet that I could really use, and it really became crystals,” said Rembert, owner of Diamyn’s Crystal Bar. “It helped me to live more intentionally and it helped my anxiety. I was much more alert, more focused, and it started to amplify the level of mindfulness that I started to have in my life of all days.

“The problem with us is that we want the candles to be a base. We want everything to be emotional and we want people to have a connection. The candles are how I start the connection. Then we have added plants and wanted to have something in their space that they could take care of. It brings new life and clears the air, so overall we want people to feel relaxed, calm, energized and that so is what District 78 is,” said Gray, owner of District78.

For Matunda Juicery’s Masna Harris and his company on Short Vine, Mortar Cincinnati offers brotherhood and brotherhood.

It also provides a way to take the jitters out when someone is starting a business.

“The name Matunda is Swahili for ‘fruit,’ and it has a name or reference from hip hop or popular culture,” said Harris, founder of Matunda Juicery. “This, for example, was named after a John Legend song called ‘Green Light’ featuring Andre 3000. We use 100% glass so we’re earth conscious and sustainable to keep it recyclable and we try to give you a culture shock every time you get a juice.

For those interested in the program, all the information is on the Mortar Cincinnati website.

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