Lincoln & Gilbert

We believe collaboration drives minority business growth.

In addition to optimizing the growth of its existing portfolio companies, the Accelerator is committed to growing a robust pipeline of larger-scale MBEs in the Greater Cincinnati region. This pipeline-building work is conducted through a highly unique and structured community collaboration known as Lincoln & Gilbert. 

Lincoln & Gilbert supports, assists, and advocates to ensure firms have access to the networks needed to reach sales goals, increased operating capacity, maximum profitability, and sustainable wealth creation.

In addition to the Accelerator, current members of Lincoln & Gilbert include:

  • Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative
  • Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber
  • Hamilton County Development Center
  • Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber
  • Greater Cincinnati Urban League Economic Empowerment Center

SCORE

Lincoln & Gilbert Requirements

To take advantage of the Lincoln & Gilbert collaborative, the emerging small business must be at least 51% minority-owned and controlled. Additionally, the applicant firm is required to demonstrate an unambiguous path to sustainable business growth. The most common indicators of growth potential:

  • Demonstrate a sales forecast of $5 million+ in sustainable annual revenues within 3-5 years 
  • Demonstrate potential to create a minimum of 15 permanent jobs within 3-5 years

Success Stories

The Accelerator and Lincoln & Gilbert partnered to share stories of eleven high potential minority businesses in the Cincinnati region as part of its “Building A Business Enterprise” campaign. 

The full list of featured entrepreneurs:

Joshua Reid

Inphlu

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Manny Addo

Natural Shea Care

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Joshua Williams

SurgiHealth

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Michelle Morales-Denisoff

Liona Enterprises Inc.

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Vincent Williams

Orchestrate Technologies

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Gerardo Calvo

Yuxi Global

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Bridgett Harris

BTH Construction

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Amber & Joshua Brodgen

Extreme Clean Auto Detailing

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Charlie McGregor

TSP Solutions

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Heena & Rakesh Rathore

TrueChoicePack

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE

Rachel Angel

Peerro

Building A Business Enterprise Featured MBE