• LaMeshia Conley

Training and Assisting Those Who Need it Most

Problem: March - COVID-19; the country shut down

Solution: April - SBA loans for businesses

Problem: May - greater awareness of social injustice; protests to brighten the awareness

Solution: June - progressive movements that support solutions for communities that need it most

At this time, black communities need it most and together Aventi and Central Community House lead an initiative called ACE. The ACE program is for anyone who has ever considered starting or expanding a business in and around the 43205 zip code. The purpose of the program is to help develop business acumen and effective business planning through training and assistance in low income communities.


One of the students, JMarshanae Rush founder of Naeknows, developed a business to provide coaching focused on enhancing family lifestyles. "When I first started, I obtained my LLC during quarantine and did not have a full plan on everything I needed to get started. The program helped me identify all of those lingering questions. Who is my audience? How will I market my business? How will I get funding? What will my finances look like?" says Rush. She feels her greatest outcome of the program was networking and gaining confidence in her business idea.


"Prior to taking the class, I did not realize all that went into starting a business. I thought I was doing something by registering my business name and getting an EIN. Truthfully, I was intimidated by the business plan process and didn't think my business was large enough to care. The ACE program gave me the tools to create a plan, forecast sales, create a budget, as well as consider marketing and promotion," says Me2 Gamble.


Aventi Enterprises supports and develops small and minority owned businesses in Central Ohio. Central Community House is a source of support and community home for children, families, and seniors living in the near east and near south areas of Columbus. If you would like to learn more about the ACE program, call 614-528-4138 Extension 202.

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