March 30, 2021

African Professional Network Celebrates Expansion with New Website and Business Directory Showcasing African-Owned Businesses in the Cincinnati Region


The African Professionals Network (APNET) is an organization that aims to bring communities together and improve the African diaspora experience. It was founded in 2010 to promote and facilitate charitable and educational initiatives for members and allies of the African diaspora in the United States. APNET connects Africans in the Diaspora and our US allies to network with each other, foster partnerships, and give back to the community.

After celebrating their ten-year anniversary in 2020, APNET continue to enhance their efforts to support communities of the African diaspora and their allies, this time by launching a new website and business directory showcasing African-owned businesses and services across the Cincinnati region.

One of their main goals is to provide our community with a directory that contains a comprehensive list of businesses and organizations across multiple sectors and industries to better strengthen collaboration amongst community members. Business and organizations alike can access this platform, register, and be accessible to the wider community. APNET’s directory will be a great place to find resources, services, and valuable information about what is available in our community. It will also enable businesses and organizations to increase brand visibility and brand awareness.

The launch of their new website and business directory comes at a time when they also are launching APNET national. We have chapters in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and are proud to finally be in a position to open chapters in states across the country.

People of the African diaspora are one of the fastest growing populations in the Cincinnati region, making up nearly 20% of the immigrant and international population and adding to the region’s vibrancy and economic growth. The overall immigrant and international population in the Cincinnati region, who account for 98% of the region’s population growth in the last five years, generate a good share of regional economic impact by contributing more than $368 million in state and local taxes and possessing $2.8 billion in total spending power.

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