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Growing Small Businesses in Baltimore: The Greater Baltimore Urban League


Within a week after criminal charges were filed against police officers who arrested and transported Freddie Gray last year, the CEO of the Greater Baltimore Urban League publicly proclaimed, “To heal our city, we cannot focus exclusively on law enforcement.” Next week the Baltimore chapter will host the National Urban League conference, with the theme: “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs & Justice.” This hour, we’ll focus on jobs. The Baltimore Urban League is opening a center for entrepreneurship with mentoring, workshops and a micro-business incubator. The goal is to help residents not just find a job, but start their own businesses, expand, and hire others. We’ll speak to Urban League leaders, and to a business owner whose online company has grown into a brick-and-mortar space at Eastpoint Mall.

Our guests: J. Howard Henderson, president of the Greater Baltimore Urban League; William Honablew, director of the Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship; Lisa Phillips, owner of Celeebrate Us

More information about the National Urban League Conference available here.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.