Fit Oshkosh, Inc., an organization dedicated to improving racial equality and building a welcoming and inclusive community, is seeking Black entrepreneurs from Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties to participate in a study of their experiences in starting or running their business in Wisconsin.
According to Rajon Hall, who is conducting the interviews for Fit Oshkosh, the results of the research will be used to inform business development organizations around the state about the specific ways Entrepreneurs of Color experience barriers and success in Wisconsin. Locally, Fit Oshkosh will deploy this learning to shape its programming and strengthen its network of the Regional People of Color Business Association.
The project is being funded through a $10,000 grant from the UW-Madison Division of Extension and is being managed by Community Development Educator Diana Hammer at Extension in Fond du Lac County. According to Hammer, “Northeast Wisconsin’s economic future depends on homegrown startups. Research shows African Americans are more likely to perceive good business opportunities and launch businesses more often than other racial groups. This grant allows us to learn how to best support their success here.”
Black entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs wishing to participate in a confidential interview should contact Rajon Hall at 920-615-3790 or Rajon@fitoshkoshinc.org.