“Creating wealth is a big part of the American dream,” said Mayor Lovely Warren on Tuesday at the City’s official opening of the City’s new Business and Community Service Center on N. Fitzhugh Street. “The Office of Community Wealth Building aims to give everyone in Rochester the tools they need to create wealth from the bottom up, especially communities of color who’ve previously been excluded from many opportunities. The more we can help all of our families and small businesses prosper, the stronger our city becomes.” Mayor Warren was joined by Councilmember Willie Lightfoot and Office of Community Wealth Building Director Lomax R. Campbell.
“As the Mayor often shares, it is critical that we lift as we climb and support our community in doing the same because shared responsibility plus cooperation creates prosperity for all,” said Lomax Campbell, director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building.
Working with community partners, the Center has already offered classes on Healthy Living on a Budget and will be offering financial literacy, small business coaching and tax preparation support beginning this month.
The Center is an outgrowth of the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building, launched in 2018, which seeks to connect individuals, families and entrepreneurs to community resources – for example, opportunities for small business loans, financial counseling, workshops and mentors.