Board Members


Glenda Cousins, Chairperson


Della Rucker, Vice Chairperson
The Wise Economy, Owner


Lisa Pflueger, Treasurer
Fifth Third, Administrator


Carmen Gaines
Education Consultant


Lebruan Colvin
Studio Endure, Owner


Christine Hawkins
Jump Start Marketing, Owner


Christopher Calvert
CFO, Northern Kentucky University


Roddell McCollough
SR VP First Financial Bank


Bro Abdine Lewis
Black Boys in Tech, Executive Director

Our mission is to promote individual self sufficiency and community economic development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship among low and moderate income people.

The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc., was established in 1998. GCMI is an unprecedented partnership of human service agencies, local banks and businesses working together to provide economic empowerment opportunities to individuals and communities through job creation and self-employment opportunities by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship. GCMI is a non-profit 501(C) 3 organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio.


GCMI's Business Coaches and Support Staff have over 60 years of small business and financial services experience. The GCMI Team knows that it takes more than just money to start and successfully operate a business. We provide not only access to capital but most importantly knowledge and business support to help our clients start and stay in business.


The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc. believes your dreams are serious business. If you have a dream of self-employment, then GCMI is for you! While GCMI focuses on new entrepreneurs, start up businesses, young businesses (2 years or less), or those who are ready to take make their side business their main source of income, we also have also partnered with area small business service providers to help support you and your business at any stage or level.  From a 20 year old business owner to an emerging growing business GCMI can help you identify the resources and support in the Greater Cincinnati community you need to make you and/or your business a success.  Support is a phone call away!



Focus: To increase business knowledge and business skills of every small business owner and entrepreneur in our program.