Tulsa: Revitalizing 'Black Wall Street' to Support Entrepreneurs of Color

The city of Tulsa is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
by The city of Tulsa | June 15, 2018 AT 10:00 AM
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The city of Tulsa is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color. Cities that are chosen for the project will receive valuable support and resources from experts and peers to help them achieve their goals.

You can help select this year’s City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities’ pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

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What is Tulsa proposing?

The city of Tulsa proposes studying best practices for creating a built environment that spurs entrepreneurship and small business growth, while maintaining equity. This research would form the basis for efforts to further redevelop land in and around what was historically known as Black Wall Street. Additionally, the city is working to establish an online, multilingual resource portal that would provide open source information and data crucial to small business startups and entrepreneurs. its launch and operations. The portal would be informed by earlier work on a structural analysis and community engagement on how to dismantle racial inequities in our economic and social systems.

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Amber Albergaria

On: 07-20-2018

Tulsa has amazing potential to continue to flourish and grow, this city is thriving with young innovative entrepreneurials.

Stewart Habig

On: 07-05-2018

Stewart Habig

Mary A Gardner

On: 07-04-2018

This is a needed investment in the future of an area still feeling the effects of a tragic event 100 years later. Please support this effort.

Bob Fleischman

On: 07-04-2018

Our community in Tulsa Arts District is proud to contribute our efforts to a diverse city through the many locally owned businesses which dot our landscape.

Hollis McAllister

On: 07-04-2018

This is very much needed in Tulsa and would enable our community to better honor the legacy of Black Wallstreet and those taken from us in the race massacre by investing in Tulsa’s Black Entrepreneurs of today and future generations. This would be one big step towards equity in opportunity for Tulsans across zip codes.

Ken Levit

On: 07-04-2018

Tulsa is behind this effort!!

Lewis

On: 07-03-2018

Tulsa is going full throttle to reinvent itself, how refreshing.

Annie Van Hanken

On: 07-03-2018

Amazing ideas put forth

Tara Brooke Watkins

On: 07-02-2018

I can’t say enough about this amazing community and the deep impact this revitalization would have on history and generations to come. Black Wall Street is a story of national importance and revitalizing it would have national positive effects on black communities.

Rose Washington, Tulsa Economic Development Corporation

On: 06-28-2018

Go Tulsa!! I’m so proud to see Tulsa owning its past so we can move from tragedy to triumph! TEDC is ALL IN and ecstatic to partner with Tulsa’s City Accelerator initiative. Our targeted CITY-HUD CDBG AND SBA loan funds along with our trusted advisement for businesses are ready for deployment! Ironically, the U.S. Inflation Calculator indicates that the buying power of $1.5 million in 1921 is equivalent to $21 million today! (Get it?? 21!! 1921!!) Tulsa’s pitch is honest and we are very ready to deliver on its promises to promote parity in prosperity!

Jamaal Dyer

On: 06-28-2018

This is a great opportunity for Black entrepreneurs in Tulsa. This will be very instrumental in reviving the spirit of the Greenwood / Black Wall Street pioneers. The time is now!!!

I.D.S.Multimedia

On: 06-27-2018

This could be an amazing opportunity for start ups and younger entrepreneurs to have the guidance they need to be successful. 👍🏾

Hannah K

On: 06-27-2018

I would love to see this community gain increased access to professional resources and support.

Christine D

On: 06-27-2018

👍

Christine Delosier

On: 06-27-2018

As a new small business owner who provide services for many throughout our community I feel that such notion proposes an ideal of unionship within an ever cultural changing economy in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Peter

On: 06-26-2018

As part of a bi-racial family, and an avid proponent of technology in Tulsa, support for inclusive business environments is key.

Shavonna

On: 06-26-2018

As a Black, female small business owner in North Tulsa (a community comprised of primarily minorities), I can attest to the great need for resources, support and education. This would be much welcomed and much appreciated!

T’erra Estes

On: 06-26-2018

As a Tulsa Native, African and Native American woman, I’ve experienced disparities growing up in North Tulsa and witnessed the same in my support of North Tulsa families through my non-profit organization Teach Not Punish. The support from those who understand the importance of providing resources to overcome adversity and build resilency is greatly appreciated as an entrepreneur and as a product of North Tulsa. I believe with the access to information, we will be able to educate one another, maintain a fruitful lifestyle and repeat the cycle for generations to follow.

Raymond Rodgers, II

On: 06-26-2018

Great foundation to build on. Personally I would like to see more outreach to Native American communities. Getting the word out on the availability of services is vital and I will do my part. Good luck Tulsa. We've lived in the 'country' suburbs mist of my life. It is always a pleasure to promote this great city.

Jake

On: 06-26-2018

Excited about the momentum Tulsa is building to be a more diverse, and inclusive city!

Ben

On: 06-26-2018

Fantastic opportunity to invest in Tulsa.

Aba Hammond

On: 06-26-2018

I think that this is a great opportunity for Tulsa to gain traction on bridging the gap when it comes to race relations and it presents an opportunity to not only create economic development and entrepreneurial avenues for people of color but also SUSTAIN it.

Kurt

On: 06-26-2018

This is a wonderful idea and helps build on the positive growth that is already taking place in Tulsa.

Denise Reid

On: 06-26-2018

Excited about the possibilities for Tulsa. There is a lot of momentum to make impact in historically marginalized communities. The 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot Massacre is fast approaching it would be nice/inspiring to see more dedicated work being done to support of African American community and others.

Aaron W.

On: 06-26-2018

The City of Tulsa is the perfect place to start a business. I’m excited for what the future holds here for people of all colors and backgrounds.

Josh

On: 06-26-2018

Nice work Tulsa!

Nate Morris

On: 06-26-2018

This is incredible and exciting. There is so much energy and opportunity to revitalize rebuild what was destroyed and make this city a hub of Black entrepreneurial talent. I am so grateful that the city is seeking to learn from its past to build a better tomorrow for all Tulsans.

Mechelle Brown

On: 06-26-2018

Our community lacks valuable resources, knowledge and leadership in entrepreneurship. This would be the beginning of truly rebuilding BWS and supporting redevelopment, entrepreneurship and revitalization.

Allison Price-Brown

On: 06-26-2018

This is awesome! I this would definitely have a very positive impact on Tulsa. A community's economic well being is dependent on its level of business participation. Entrepreneurship drives economic progression. Revitalizing this area of town could help with so many issues. Like bridging the very obvious wage gap. The more businesses, the more income. We could see an increase in consumption and hopefully improved public services!

Michelle Barnett

On: 06-25-2018

Very excited to see a transparent presentation of the challenges and opportunities in our community. Going for an "equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for all"!

Kandy Whitley-White

On: 06-25-2018

The City of Tulsa can definitely use this assistance to reignite the vison, creativity and wealth of Black Wall Street! This generation needs to see the glory days of Black Wall Street and not only the memories of the Destruction! If this will help shine the light on how BWS was built before the Massacre of 1921 and how it was re-built after the massacre! This is a great thing!

Anonymous

On: 06-24-2018

Think it should have a bit more on funding.

Orisabiyi Williams

On: 06-23-2018

Rebuild Black Wall Street for our Ancestors and for our children and their children!

Orisabiyi Williams

On: 06-23-2018

Love it! Much needed! Let's rebuild Black Wall Street!!

Lori

On: 06-23-2018

I think this is the best plan as it is based on obtaining data in order to analyze what will work in the city of Tulsa.

Ipe paramel

On: 06-22-2018

Tulsa is a phenomenal city that is growing and serving as an incubator for great minds. I look forward to the exponentiation of its diverse innovation culture in years to come and have no doubt that the accelerator program will definitely be impactful to the economic development of this great city! With the continued support of our awesome philanthropists and this program we are destined to bring underrepresented areas to life and set up the city to thrive!

Benjme

On: 06-22-2018

Fuerza y trabajo

Harina Vargas

On: 06-21-2018

Creta idea

Jay Dias

On: 06-21-2018

City of Tulsa is doing a great job revitalizing several areas and this wiuld be another great opportunity to make the city better and bring more business - and help small business owners stay strong. Let's do it!

Mathew Paramel

On: 06-21-2018

This is awesome! Such a great idea!

Lucas da Silva

On: 06-21-2018

I think this is a great idea! I love that part of town and wish there was more to remember its golden days. Also, it would be great to educate Tulsans about the Race Riots... it doesn't the deserved attention in our school system!

Daniel Pae

On: 06-21-2018

I’ve learned something new every time that I’ve visited Tulsa - whether it’s the vibrant local businesses, interesting historical areas, or unique cultural events. This project has tremendous potential for continuing the economic development and community investment efforts in Tulsa. More successful small businesses and entrepreneurs means a stronger community for Tulsans.

Diane White

On: 06-21-2018

As a small business owner I know that Tulsa is a great place for entrepreneurs and business owners. I love this city.

Anonymous

On: 06-21-2018

Good

Mareo Johnson

On: 06-21-2018

This is so very needed. We can talk about rebuilding the Green Wood Chamber. Also this will help futher efforts of rebuilding the North Community as a whole Economic Development - Housing, Education, Jobs, and Workforce Business etc.

Hannah Frome

On: 06-21-2018

Tulsa deserves this opportunity.

Emma

On: 06-21-2018

What a fantastic idea! I’m thrilled to see Tulsa taking necessary steps to alleviate harsh racial inequities. Tulsa is an especially good candidate for this program considering it may pressure other Oklahoma cities, like OKC, to follow suit and more actively combat the racial wage gap. I can’t wait to see the implementation of this program!

Gabrielle Davis

On: 06-21-2018

Wow!! What a fantastic idea!!

Carlee Wright

On: 06-21-2018

Great idea. And superb article.

Megan Harju

On: 06-21-2018

Growing up in Tulsa in a racially diverse public school, I was always exposed to different cultures but never educated on Tulsa’s history that has let it to where it is today. This proposal by Tulsa would both further the revitalization of Tulsa businesses and the downtown area AND provide greater information and access to Tulsa’s rich cultural history. I’m proud of my hometown for actively working to improve our city socially and economically.

Chad Westwick

On: 06-21-2018

Truly an A+ idea. A well-written proposal and concept from the bright minds at the City of Tulsa.

Alex

On: 06-21-2018

As a long-time resident of Tulsa, this is heartening to see. The disadvantages communities of color face in Tulsa are unique because of our history, and funding like this would go a long way toward making a lot of lives better.

Vanessa Hall-Harper

On: 06-21-2018

Vanessa Hall-Harper

Vanessa Hall-Harper

On: 06-21-2018

This is an AWESOME opportunity for Tulsa’s African American entrepreneurial community, let’s rebuild BLACK WALL STREET!!! EXCELLENT work City of Tulsa. We need this!!!

Michele Harmon

On: 06-21-2018

I love this idea! Tulsa is in a unique position to grow right now, with a citywide dedication to innovation and forward thinking. Its entrepreneurial firepower is impressive, especially given its size. And it would be great to see more opportunities for women, people of color, and others who have been underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community.

David Taliaferro

On: 06-19-2018

I've worked with many leaders in the Tulsa small business/startup space. They are innovative and excellent with inclusion as a high priority! Good luck!