Shora Foundation

Shora Foundation facilitates the creation of wealth among Black owned business in East Tennessee.

In Knoxville, TN, in 2017 the African-American poverty rate was 42%, while only making up 17% of the Knoxville population. It’s our duty to serve this under-resourced minority population by working to close this tremendous gap particularly by developing small business start-ups


of Knoxville's population are black people.


or less of annual venture capital funds are recived by black women owned businesses.


of the poverty rate are black Knoxvillians.

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Learn more about how our programs can help accelerate your business & help reduce overhead expenses for small businesses in Knoxville TN.

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Your donation helps us to provide technical assistance and business capital to entrepreneurs. A little goes along way and every bit counts.

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The Roots Collective provides coworking opportunities for entrepreneurs. We have private offices and dedicated desks available.

The Shora Difference

The Growth and Development Center has an answer in its Roots Collective co-working space and access to capital and business classes. The space is located in East Knoxville, which equates to a safe space for African-American entrepreneurs.

Additionally, business resources—financial, academic, and social—help businesses grow and empower the entrepreneurs, ultimately to close the wealth gap adversely affecting African-Americans.

Media Coverage



How this $1.5M East Knoxville co-working space would help Black entrepreneurs grow revenues

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