The mission of the HUB is to be the premier social enterprise for the advancement of employment, small business development, and education.
We seek to establish a community-based economy, impact the quality of life for families, shape public policy and influence investments in under-served neighborhoods.
In our nearly 10 years of existence, with more than 70 years of combined experience, we have found, that in most cases there is no absence of good opportunities in our communities, rather, the problems are typically centered around the fact that:
- their is an absence of a true grassroots administrative support system and back office for individuals and businesses to lean on;
- discrimination and institutional racism is unfortunately a contemporary threat that continues to destroy the very fabric of our society;
- poor/under-served communities lack the access to realistic education & training resources and opportunities to prepare them for gainful employment and starting new businesses;
- individuals and businesses lack protection, direction and advocacy in this ever changing economy and world.
The HUB CDC was born out of this reality and strives everyday to serve the interest of the community. It is about the audacity, optimism and drive of the people who believe they can change their lives. The HUB links with innovative corporations, government agencies and community organizations that get it! The HUB is a place where reality is not just possible, it’s happening every day. We work with people from every profession, background and culture, united by one thing – the drive to pursue opportunities for a radically better self, family, community and world. We encourage our local governments, employers, educational institutions, corporations and other community based organizations to partner with The HUB to better streamline our services and meet the needs of the community.
The HUB CDC is located in a 20,000 square foot facility on the Near East side of Columbus, Ohio. We have established a centralized workforce and economic development center for the under-served and offer a professional yet unorthodox approach to wrap around services. With a convenient location, our clients, and the general public has easy access to technical support, life coaching, business mentors, media and communication classes, employment and health fairs, construction training, mental health and chemical dependency services, housing, food bank and much more.
Our teams are committed to the community and through word of mouth, radio, networking events, social media, the web, door to door, and other various means of promotion, we generate excitement about the personalized services the HUB offers. We have outreach staff that provides weekly outreach and recruitment to individuals living in areas throughout the county. Also, our management and collaborative partners offer intense life coaching, group sessions, and one on one mentoring. We continue to build positive working relationships with employers, by facilitating meetings with human resource offices and encouraging them to consider hard to employ individuals. The ultimate goal is to implement barrier reduction services that impact clients’ ability to become self-sufficient.
Collaborative & Prospective Partners
We realize that The HUB CDC cannot successfully execute this grass root movement, of integrated workforce development, without the help and support of people and institutions who share our same compassion. The HUB has assembled a team of staff, volunteers, WEP workers and small businesses who are committed to seeing that our programs our successful. It is our desire to bring them and others together to function in a relevant capacity. We have gained support from some of central Ohio’s prominent organizations such, as (but not limited to):
- United Health Care
- MICA (Minority Independent Contractors Association)
- Nehemiah House
- Ohio Association Of Foodbanks
- Day Spring CDC
- Central Community House
- Franklin County Jobs and Family Services
- Mid-Ohio Food Bank
- Care Source
- Columbus Academy of Community Education (C.A.C.E)
- National Center For Urban Solutions
- The Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens
- Ohio MBE
- Columbus Outpatient Collection Center
- Columbus Branch of the NAACP
- Fifth Third Bank
We are also actively pursuing partnerships with other government agencies and various employers and educational institutions in the greater Columbus area who are interested in working with us and our members.