The Center @ 6th helps start black-owned businesses at farmers markets

Marcus Ashworth doesn’t plan to break ground on his Center @ Sixth project until spring, but he’s already sending two businesses through its incubator program.

Once completed, 1714 Sixth Ave. The building in will be home to a nonprofit organization that helps black and brown entrepreneurs build their businesses with the help of professionals in the field, such as lawyers, accountants and planners.

To help test the concept, he’s working with Nadia La Baker and Jambo African Food, who are helping to launch both booths at Des Moines’ downtown farmers market. Ashworth said the concept seems to be working, and both owners regularly sell their products every Saturday.

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“It’s nice to see it work,” he said, “it’s more fun than making money, making music, making whiskey.” Beyond Development Center @ 6th, Ashworth is a hip-hop artist, producer and founder of Media Fresh Records and producer of Ziyad Rye Small Batch Whiskey.

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