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Buying The Block - A Roundtable Discussion With Lyneir Richardson

Learn how minority entrepreneurs are benefiting from new advancements in crowdfunding.

September 27, 2023

Join Next City for a roundtable discussion between Oscar Perry Abello, senior economic justice correspondent, and Lyneir Richardson of The Chicago TREND Corporation. These two experts will share their insights into urban development, economic justice, and entrepreneurship. Audience members can expect to hear about experiences, lessons learned, and strategies for building more equitable and prosperous urban communities.

Richardson will discuss his work with Chicago TREND, a social enterprise working to advance strategic commercial development for Black communities in Chicago and beyond. Since its founding in 2016, Transforming Retail Economics of Neighborhood Development has become a big beneficiary of securities law changes that went into effect around that same time. With these changes, it’s become easier for non-wealthy people to participate in private investments that were previously reserved for the rich. Through this level of stewardship, Richardson and TREND have made it safer and easier for Black communities to buy the block.

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, an urban planner, or simply interested in the future of our cities, this webinar is a must-attend event. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and engage in meaningful dialogue with industry leaders. Reserve your spot today by registering now.



Oscar is Next City's senior economic justice correspondent. He previously served as Next City’s editor from 2018-2019, and was a Next City Equitable Cities Fellow from 2015-2016. Since 2011, Oscar has covered community development finance, community banking, impact investing, economic development, housing and more for media outlets such as Shelterforce, B Magazine, Impact Alpha and Fast Company.


Lyneir is CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation (TREND), a social enterprise funded by prestigious impact investors to catalyze urban retail and commercial corridor development. TREND has raised and deployed over $25M of capital, owns four shopping centers, and assisted numerous Black retail operators and community real estate developers in cities across the country. Lyneir is also an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He leads capacity-building programs that have assisted 800+ diverse entrepreneurs and launched the Black and Latino Angel Investment Fund of New Jersey.

This webinar is being presented with the support of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

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