Shioban Lawler

Shioban Lawler

Co-Founder

“Revitalize Black Chicago means an opportunity for us to bolster economic equity in our community. The ability to create, extend and leverage the infrastructure that sets the foundation for building the generational wealth that our people have been consistently deprived of to ensure we are thriving and not just surviving.”

Mironda Ross

Mironda Ross

Co-Founder

“Revitalize Black Chicago is about empowerment and elevation through information. It’s where responsibility & opportunity collide. It’s pouring back into our Black communities that have traditionally been underserved. It’s about creating something we are collectively proud of and want to support. It’s circulating the Black dollar in our Black communities.”

Ismael El-Amin

Ismael El-Amin

Director of Operations / Workforce Development Pillar Lead

“Revitalize Black Chicago honors our ancestors’ intentions while putting faith in the current generation’s spirit. We acknowledge the heights our communities have attained and are determined to surpass and sustain levels of excellence.”

Retina Carter

Retina Carter

Financial Literacy Pillar Lead

Revitalize Black Chicago is both a state of mind and state of action.  To revitalize black Chicago means to invest in the foundation of business fundamentals and financial literacy while engaging both the business sector and community for long term support.  We must believe revitalization is possible to execute accordingly.”

Benia Smith

Benia Smith

Small Business Support Pillar Co-Lead

“Participating in RBC provides an opportunity to have a positive impact on my community, which has been subject to disinvestment for decades. I enjoy using the skills, expertise and experiences that I have gained from corporate America to develop programs that have a tangible impact on building generational wealth in Chicago.  Volunteering with RBC means building a thriving community.”

Fredi Taylor

Fredi Taylor

Small Business Support Pillar Co-Lead

Revitalize Black Chicago means returning Black Communities to self-reliance and self-preservation. Let’s establish sustainable opportunities for neighbors and businesses to invest in one another and work together to ensure that the Black community is thriving.  Let’s promote the value of our communities by attracting wealth and equity of access.”

Tony Lawlor

Tony Lawlor

RBC Operations Lead

I am a minority business owner who started my business to address a demanding need in the communities I lived in and worked.  Through my work and evaluation, I found a majority of minority business owners on the south side and westside of Chicago lack the proper resources and support needed for their business to grow, hire staff, and bring in enough income to support their families.  Revitalize Black Chicago organization addresses the above issues by providing capacity-building resources, training, and support for Black-owned businesses helping us to go from surviving to thriving.”

Jack Butler

Jack Butler

Partnership Pillar Co-Lead

“RBC means making the building blocks of sustainable, generational wealth accessible and obtainable for everybody Black. And doing it through the Community, for the Community, and by the Community. No more asking others to pull us up. We are individually and collectively great. We’ll build it ourselves, together.”

Troy Boyd

Troy Boyd

Partnership Pillar Co-Lead

“Being the change that I want to see. Living the change. Leading the change. Revitalize Black Chicago means a chance to give hope and service to the communities in MY city that are owed it. It’s an opportunity to generate change that will be felt long after I’m gone.”