African American Leadership Initiative



 Are you a Black owned business in the Mansfield area? Complete the survey below to keep your business connected to our community.

Minority, Female, Black Owned Business Survey

 Small Grant Opportunities for Black/Minority Owned Businesses.

Click here for more details about Small Business Grant Opportunities




 Do you have a business or a side-hustle but don’t know enough about running and growing a business? Have an idea for a business but feel frustrated and don’t know where to start? Want to make a meaningful impact in your industry or community?


NECIC’s Business Development Program is for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs who want to gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to start, and grow a successful business.  



Participates will:

  • Learn about starting and growing a business 

  • Understand fundamental business concepts 

  • Learn business lingo to be able to talk the talk 

  • Work through creating a business plan 

    These sessions will be different from what you’d expect out of a typical class because: 


  • You’ll hear from experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals 

  • You’re going to experience learning and mentorship that meets you where you are in a no judgement zone. 

  • We have a fundamental belief that greatness exists in this region and we’re here to help it be cultivated and realized!  











 The business class sessions will be weekly on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm starting September 14th and continue through the week of November 16th. 

 Applications will close Friday, Sept. 3rd at midnight and selections will be made Tuesday, September 7th. If selected, we will reach out to inform you of your acceptance into the program and confirm your availability. Apply here: www.bit.ly/necicbiz 


AALI's Mission

The mission of AALI is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County. AALI functions to create a network of diverse leaders with relevant opportunities to connect and contribute.



Our 2019 AALI Final Report



Richland County African American Report



How are African Americans doing in our community?



AALI Membership and Support

Last year was a great start to AALI and we have tons of supporters to thank. We especially want to recognize the inaugural members of AALI below.    

Trai'Shaun BeardAretha Grier
Wenda BurnomRachel Houston
Alicia CamakJason Lawrence
Renda ClineRhonda Marsh
Brigitte ColesPamela Williams-Briggs
LaMeshia CurryAntwan Woods
Stephen Greene 


You can also become an AALI supporter!

When you become an AALI supporter, your community support is shared with the public (unless you request to remain anonymous) through branding and marketing.

There are various opportunities to support AALI, such as sponsoring a membership or an event. In-kind donations are also welcome (and much appreciated!).

Please click the button in the table below to find out more.



Become an AALI Member

Become an AALI Supporter

Develop self-awareness and sharpen abilities through strengths-based approach

Invest in creating an environment that focuses on inclusivity 
Adaptive leadership training through lecture and experiential activities

Showcase commitment to the importance of professional development

 Broaden personal and professional networksEquip employees with tools and confidence to display leadership qualities
 Increase understanding of community landscape

Ensure continuous pipeline of quality leaders reflective of our diverse community

                              Become a Member                                 Support AALI


Thank you to our AALI Supporters!


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