Jul 28, 2016 • 23M

#447: Community Builder Tackles Chicago’s South Side Using Crowdfunding

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Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin. Read the full GoodCrowdinfo article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/29FNza7 Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwitunes or on Stitcher by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwstitcher. ----------------------- Bernard Loyd, an MIT-educated activist born on Chicago’s West Side and raised in Liberia, has returned to Chicago to lead the rebuilding of a historically black community. “Despite being the historic center of Black Chicago, a former cultural and commercial hub of Black America, and located only minutes from downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, Bronzeville is one of the most economically-challenged communities in the United States and a food and jobs ‘desert,'” Bernard says. With that as motivation, Bernard and his company, Urban Juncture, is out doing something about the problems he sees. He says, “We are developing a culinary district celebrating unique Black cuisine from around the world in order to provide delicious food for residents, a one-of-a-kind dining destination for visitors, a significant number of locally accessible jobs, and wealth creation opportunities for restaurateurs and investors. We’ve also started development of a companion cultural district highlighting Bronzeville performance arts and hospitality.” Rebuilding won’t be easy. Money is the biggest constraint on success, he says. “Accessing the capital needed to build culinary enterprises is our most difficult challenge.” Bernard is raising $100,000 using crowdfunding site Wefunder today. Readers can learn more about the offering here. --------------------- Read the full GoodCrowdinfo article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/29FNza7. Need a speaker for an event, learn more about Devin Thorpe at devinthorpe.com.