Why Inclusion Matters in Business

Supporting entrepreneurs of color, whether through patronizing their businesses, collaborating with them or providing them the tools and education to further their work, can help build a vibrant business community throughout the region.

“An inclusive business system brings prosperity and change. It’ll allow us to create more jobs that people are more likely to stay at because you become like a family. Creating these businesses and including one another would create a change in the atmosphere,” said Ra’Cole Taltoan, owner of Rockbrook Business Services, during a livestreamed conversation with The Business Journal on Tuesday.

The discussion, which can be watched HERE, also featured Tanisha Wheeler, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s director of curriculum development and leader of its Youth in Entrepreneurship program. The two sat down with special projects editor Josh Medore to discuss what help entrepreneurs of color need, how the business community can support them and why inclusion matters in business. Both are featured in the August edition’s front-page story, available to read now online and in the print edition that hits mailboxes this week.

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