About the Urban League


The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League is to “transform generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency”.


“The vision of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League is to have vibrant communities with thriving individuals, families, and businesses.”

The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s (ULGC) carries out its mission in three primary ways — 1) promoting an inclusive community; 2) workforce development; and 3) business development & entrepreneurship.

Promoting an Inclusive Community— A challenge for many companies is recruiting and retaining minority talent at their organizations.  For over 20 years the Urban League has offered its African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP).  Modeled after the Leadership Cincinnati program, the AALDP trains African American leaders of the future over a 10-month program.

Workforce Development— Helping a person to obtain meaningful employment is a basic tenant of economic self-sufficiency.  The Urban League operates five workforce development programs including its flagship Solid Opportunities for Advancement and Retention (SOAR).  Program components include self-exploration, financial literacy, understanding employer expectations, resume writing skills and online applications. Through workshops and trainings, the program also encompasses labor market information, job search strategies, interviewing techniques and basic computer literacy as well as professional job placement and retention assistance.

For the past five years the Urban League has been able to place an average of 424 people in new jobs at an average wage of $10.41/hour or $21,624 annually. That translates into $45.4 million of new spending power being injected into the local economy.

Business Development & Entrepreneurship (BD&E)—While the creation of jobs is critical to an individual, being economically self-sufficient through the owning your own business can often lead to the creation of wealth that allows a person to financially take care of their family long into the future.  Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of the American free market system.  The Urban League’s BD&E area is comprised of four different initiatives:  Economic Empowerment Center, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Women’s Business Council~Ohio River Valley and the Customer Contact Center (CCC).  Whether it is underwriting a conference for women business owners, sponsoring a free educational series at the SBDC, growing the African American Business Development Program, or helping the CCC to grow and prosper, BD&E at the Urban League provides both quantitative and qualitative results in communities throughout Greater Cincinnati area.  It provides technical assistance, mentoring, encouragement and hope for individuals and families as they pursue their own path in the American Dream.

These Companies are Transformational Supporters of the Urban League’s Corporate Heritage Annual Giving Program.