New Sun Rising is pleased to continue its support of the One Northside Consensus Plan in partnership with The Buhl Foundation for Ignite Northside 2.0. With the successful support of 55+ projects and businesses from 2016’s first version of Ignite Northside, Ignite Northside 2.0 propels next-stage development for businesses, projects & their leaders through cost-free training, resources & connections.
Ignite Northside 2.0 is a collaborative 10-month program providing structured learning, access to consultants & professional services, connections with partners, funding opportunities, and a physical space to help its participants get organized & grow.
Project and business owner participants will benefit through weekly Entrepreneurship Training Sessions. These one on one strategy sessions are customized specifically for each participant’s needs, focusing on growth support such as customer and community validation, building strategic partnerships, securing funding & effective organizational development.
Leadership Development Workshops are held monthly to capitalize on strengths & overcome challenges created by weaknesses. Strengthening networks is another core strategy of Ignite Northside 2.0. Strategic connections will be made between peers & mentors at quarterly networking events, and to local resources & professional services in the Northside & broader Pittsburgh region throughout the program.
As if that wasn’t enough! Twice in 2017, we’ll showcase businesses & projects through a Business/Project Demo and Skill Swap. The goal of these public events are to provide practical community feedback to business and project leaders, connect diverse entrepreneurs served throughout the Ignite Northside Resource Hubs, and increase the identity of the Northside entrepreneurial community throughout the Pittsburgh region.
“Through a successful pilot year launching place-based incubators in the Northside, Millvale & the Hilltop, we helped 75 new projects & businesses launch & grow in their communities,” says Scott Wolovich, Executive Director of New Sun Rising. “We strongly believe that delivering training & support at neighborhood-scale not only creates economic impact, but strengthens networks which build the community.
“This year,” Wolovich continues, “we are excited to implement the Ignite Northside program with Ebony & her team. The relationship continues to be a shining example of how local hiring strategies can create stronger outcomes while directly financial investments which benefit the neighborhoods we serve.”
New Sun Rising encourages business or project leaders with an idea to improve the vibrancy of the Northside to review the program offerings and apply before the initial deadline on Thursday February 2nd at 11:59 PM. Ignite Northside 2.0 will go full speed ahead in February 2017!
“Being an entrepreneur means you will always be learning!” says Ebony McQueen-Harris, Empowerment Consultant at Levels Creative Empowerment and Consulting Group & Ignite Northside Program Manager. “It means you understand that throughout your journey there is a responsibility to continually invest in oneself & serve others with the mindset of putting yourself in their (your client/customers) shoes.”