In July 2020, a month after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police, Ruben Anthony Jr. stood at a podium in front of Urban League of Greater Madison and announced that his organization planned to build an incubator for Black and minority-owned businesses, and that Dane County would give $100,000 to pay for the planning.

Now, after four years of fundraising and nearly two years of construction, the four-story, 81,000-square-foot, $25.5-million Black Business Hub stands just yards from where the Urban League CEO made the announcement. Located at the corner of South Park Street and Hughes Place, it’s an emblem of the transformation underway on Madison’s south side.

Though the building is still under construction, with an official opening planned for spring 2024, it’s already started hosting events and welcoming tenants.

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