100% Community.


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It started with Tosha Wilson and her cousin wanting to open a laundromat with comfortable seating, fresh brewed coffee, a book room, and a yoga/meditation space. But they were turned down for every small business loan they applied for. In an interview, Tosha said, “Two professionals with decent jobs [and] good credit scores, and the bank basically told us, ‘You don’t have enough experience.'" Out of frustration Tosha founded an internet-based community group, called Boosting Black Business, that helped raise over $100,000 for Black-owned start-up companies throughout Chicagoland. The Chicago Tribune named her as one of their “10 People that Gave Me Hope in 2020.” Today she is a co-developer of an $8 million project in Evanston called The Aux, planned as a 100% community-owned Black-business hub.

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