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 is our PC Scholars program.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship program (formally known as Emerging Entrepreneurs) 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.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship

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


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


We couldn’t do it without the generous support from the following companies

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.