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Best Professional Organizations for African Americans in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio is a Top City for African American Professionals

Columbus, OH has landed on the list of Top Cities for African American Professionals several times. Urban View Weekly compiles the list factoring details such as employment opportunities, higher learning institutions, and crime information for the city.

They’ve noted Columbus is a city that is rich in African American history and is enthusiastic about helping them to become more successful. Currently 24.5 % of Columbusites are Black or African American. The historic King Lincoln District of the city is an African American district that is known for its jazz community as well as business.

While Ohio does not have any Historically Black Colleges or Universities, Ohio State University in Columbus, is well known for its athletics, and has a variety of programs dedicated to minority services. Columbus is also a friendly city for African American owned businesses, holding conferences and various services for Black entrepreneurs. You can columbusblackowned.com for a detailed directory of Black owned businesses in Columbus.

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ASCEND

The Black Professional Association of Columbus

ASCEND Networking Event Group
Image courtesy of MeetUp.com Member of ASCEND network online and at regular meet up events

ASCEND is a leading networking organization and professional association for business and socially conscious individuals in Central Ohio. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in networking and meeting new people. They sponsor professional development and social events to encourage the growth of strong businesses and communities in Columbus.

Columbus Urban League of Young Professionals

Network of urban young professionals ages 21-40 that functions as an auxiliary group of the Columbus Urban League

Newest Executive Board Members of CULYP
Image courtesy of @culyp IG The newest Executive Board of CULYP includes 17 dynamic young professionals leading our organization

The Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) organization is a network of young professionals which functions to support the initiatives of the Columbus Urban League (CUL), connect and engage local young professionals in the National Urban League movement, and promote the development of young professionals in the Columbus community. They manage many community initiatives and host a variety of networking and professional events.

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Innovate the Hustler, Inspire the Grind

BLK <hack> Flyer
Image courtesy of BLK hack Facebook BLK hack is dedicated to educate, inspire, and connect.

BLK hack is a social enterprise network that is engaged in the latest business, technology news and curator of black digital culture. The company helps African American entrepreneurs and people of color grow, nurture, and scale their businesses by providing access to an engaged and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. BLK hack is committed to innovating the solutions for creating more Inclusion and diversity Globally for startups, minority entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology enthusiasts.

Vision: “Black people and people of color who have entrepreneurial potential get full access to a network of resources and tools and can rely on a community of supporters”

Mission: “To Develop an Inclusive and Diverse community for minority Entrepreneurs. Innovating solutions that will educate, inspire, and connect local tech communities for Black people and people of color”

Columbus Black Professionals

A networking group for Real Estate professionals and Investors

African American women in a business meeting
Real Estate African American Networking group

The Columbus Black Professionals Facebook Group connects African Americans in Real Estate to network and promote their businesses. They promote afrocentric community and professional events and allow members a certain number of personal promotions a week.

Greater Ohio Minority Educators League

Educator Networking Group

GOMEL Logo
Image courtesy of Meetup Dedicated Educators to communities of color

Greater Ohio Minority Educators League is a group of educators, teachers, and administrators that are comprised of African-Americans, Latinos, Somali, and other communities of color. This group is for those who have a passion for diversity, inclusion, innovation, technology, creativity, and leadership for people of color in the field of education. They sponsor many events for minority educators including their Teachers Lounge Series.

Zora’s Daughters

Women of color creating careers they love

Smiling Black Women for Zora's House Group
Image courtesy of Zora’s House Facebook Connecting women of color in Columbus

Zora’s Daughters of Columbus is a sub-group of Zora’s House,  is a coworking and community space for women of color in Columbus, OH. They offer programs, events, and workshops designed to help amazing women of color live their best life and do their best work. Zora’s Daughters is a Meet Up group of young professionals, artists, activists, entrepreneurs; movers and shakers; dreamers and doers. They meet twice a month to hang out, network, and actively work on building lives and careers as fierce as they are.

These are just a few of the amazing groups around Columbus support African-American professionals. As such a supportive community for African Americans you can see how so many Black-owned businesses and professionals flourish.


Lani Redinger

Lani Redinger is a professional writer, editor, and bibliophile from Pittsburgh, PA