In the News

February 14, 2024

24/7 BLAC New Homeowner

February 2, 2024

Project Home through 24/7 Blac Increasing Cedar Valley Minority Home Ownership

Project Home, a new initiative of the 24/7 Blac Leadership Consortium has seen 57 Project Home participants complete the Homebuyer Education Program.

March 9, 2023

Grow Cedar Valley, community celebrate Wubbena's impact, award recipients, progress

The award recognizes efforts to promote economic growth, employment, and quality of life as well as offering leadership. The award will be given each year to an education institution, nonprofit organization, service club or human service agency.

February 17, 2023

UNI and 24/7 BLAC win top national entrepreneurship education award

24/7 BLAC Black Business Entrepreneurial Accelerator (BBEA) and its collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (UNI JPEC) won the Model Community Accelerator/Incubator Award at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) annual conference on Jan. 21.

September 23, 2022

Partnership aims to build wealth in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Black community

Two years since 24/7 Blac was founded, there are now four core programs aimed at supporting the Black community: career readiness, a business accelerator program, homeownership preparedness and an investment group. In the months that followed its founding, U.S. Bank began partnering with 24/7 Blac.

June 7, 2022

New 24/7 BLAC business pitching competition gets $200,000 boost from Wells Fargo

January 21, 2022

24/7 Black Leadership Home Ownership initiative will include lenders and realtors

The 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium (24/BLAC) is teaming up with local realtors and lending institutions to help increase African American home ownership all across the Cedar Valley.

November 5, 2021

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Celebration of Community

Over 250 people attended the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s annual Celebration of Community event on Friday, November 5, at the Diamond Event Center in Cedar Falls. The Foundation celebrated its 65-year anniversary and awarded new grants totaling $215,000.

July 28, 2021

U.S. Bank Foundation invests $1 million to support emerging leaders and community-led solutions to address economic disparities

U.S. Bank Foundation announced a $1 million investment to 20 nonprofit organizations driven by a diverse group of exceptional emerging leaders who are focused on creating effective community-led solutions to the increasing economic disparities.

June 28, 2021

The Heartland Challenge RFP

The 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium’s (24/7 BLAC) Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator recently receives Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Heartland Challenge Grant as of July 2021. The three-year grant will address the unique networking, education and capital challenges faced by Black founders through access, resources, and strategies to promote business resiliency and sustainability. The grant is $360,000 over a three year period.

Mar 10, 2021

Empowering Black businesses

Rosie Daniels’ dream of owning a business started in her basement in the summer of 2019.

Feb 26, 2021

Cedar Valley Hy-Vee locations offer Black-Owned Business products

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Friday was a proud day for some Black-Owned Businesses after seeing their products on the shelves of Hy-Vee for the first time.

Hy-Vee District Manager Vice-President Dale Mitchell, says this is just the beginning.

Jun 15, 2020

Big Ten Commissioner, Kevin Warren Speaks during inaugural Virtual Conference

On June 24, 2020 the 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium (24/7 BLAC) is excited to host the inaugural Virtual Executive Leadership Forum for Black Professionals featuring Kevin Warren, the 6th Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and first Black Commissioner in its history.