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Mapping the Ecosystem

Throughout 2022, Prosper partnered with Fourth Economy, IGNITE Alabama, LRY Media Group, and CBG Strategies to map the ecosystem supporting our local Black-owned businesses. The final report has been completed and will be used by Prosper in collaboration with the broader community to properly identify the best ways to support Black-owned businesses in Birmingham. Read the full report below and visit the Ecosystem resource map to plug in and find the information you can use to start and grow your business.

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Operation Backing Black Businesses Full Report
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Ecosystem Resources Map
Business owners

Business Owners

Learn more about what a business ecosystem is and how to thrive within it. This section outlines types of businesses and the four stages of growth.

Stakeholders and investors

Stakeholders & Investors

Discover key findings and potential metrics for alignment and tracking success. This section also provides insight into gaps in service areas and opportunities for collaborative efforts.

Resource Providers

Resource Providers

The recommendations in this section outline how to plan for the future and design programming and wraparound services that support the report findings and requests directly from the community.


Researchers & Historians

Analyze the historical and contemporary perspectives of the seen and heard data to make connections from yesterday into tomorrow.



Take a glance at the table of contents and executive summary as well as a recap of the major points from the report before diving in.