About The Foundation

Backed by a wide variety of public and private funding sources, the PCF’s core mission is to act as the catalyst for change and improvement in Northeast Ohio’s economy through its support of entrepreneurial training, economic research and other charitable causes.  Along with other strategic partners, chief amongst these initiatives are Emerging Entrepreneurs and PC Scholars programs.


Our Background

The Presidents’ Council Foundation (PCF) was founded in 2000 by The Presidents’ Council, LLC – an organization consisting of African-American business owners who provide leadership, innovative ideas, and resources to advance African-American…

The Foundation

Emerging Entrepreneurs

The Emerging Entrepreneurs program provides intense high-level classroom instruction for African-American small business owners. The program provides a tailored, focused curriculum to ensure that solid African-American small businesses sustain and grow.

Emerging Entrepreneurs

PC Scholars

PC Scholars immerses students in a rigorous academic curriculum to groom CMSD high school students to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Since inception in 2008, 100% of participants have been accepted to two- or four-year colleges.

PC Scholars

How The Foundation Delivers Impact

The PCF is evolving to connect the dots between entrepreneurship, education and research. We are working  to grow our Emerging Entrepreneurs Program to develop and contribute to the success of the area’s African-American owned businesses and cultivate the PC Scholars Program to help students become the next leaders of the community. We will also increase our research and development to be a resource to the community and position ourselves to be the source of information regarding economic development and entrepreneurship, urban education and citizen engagement opportunities.


Emerging Entrepreneurs

88% of participants saw an increase in business after completing the program


PC Scholars

78% of college-bound participants went on to choose a 4-year college

Consider This…

The success or failure of minority-owned businesses will increasingly drive the success or failure of the overall U.S. economy. In 2007 alone minority-owned businesses generated $1 trillion in total gross receipts and employed 5,816,114 people with an annual payroll totalling $860.5 billion (MBDA, 2007).

In Ohio alone the numbers are staggering:


The number of minority owned firms in Ohio


The number of African American owned firms in Ohio


The number of people employed by minority owned firms in Ohio

Why PC Scholars Matters


By 2018 57% of Ohio jobs will require post-secondary education


of the PC Scholars continuing on to higher education, 71% choose four-year colleges


of the PC Scholars continuing on to higher education, 28% choose two-year colleges

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The Presidents' Council Business Chamber Inaugural Celebration

November 10, 2015, 5:30pm - November 10, 2015, 8:00pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA

This celebration marks the launch of a new era for The Presidents' Council as the collective voice for African American economic empowerment and recognized leader in providing resources for their econ...

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The Presidents Council - 100 in 100 Membership Campaign

July 20, 2015, 12:00am

The Presidents' Council Foundation

Are you 1 in 100?? The Presidents' Council announces the launch of its Business Chamber (PCBC) with 100 in 100 membership campaign. From 8am Monday July 20th through 12pm Friday July 24, PCBC endea...

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And we can’t do it without you

We can’t continue our mission without the generous contributions from public and privately companies and individuals. Every dollars counts. Give now so our programming can continue to impact regional business development for African-American companies and entrepreneurs.