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Release Date: December 20,2022

Together, we can: Start Downtown Business Capital Talent Development Group Brings Opportunity to Underrepresented Youth and Adults

December 20, 2022, Akron, OH — Located in downtown Akron’s Everett Building, Capital Talent Development Group is a minority- and women-owned, purpose-driven business whose mission is to advance the talent development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of underestimated and underrepresented talent in the labor market. They do this through services centered around workforce development and giving people opportunities to connect. Through their array of services, they aim to create a workforce that is sustainable, accessible, and diverse. These services include consulting, coaching, contract management, and program development and grant management services.

Founding Principal, Social Capital & Equity Builder Alanna Nicholas believes collaboration is key to advancing opportunity in the workforce. She and her consultants find great value in the saying, “Together, we win!” Nicholas emphasizes: “Our primary goal as we plan for the new year is to expand our services by working within the greater Akron and Summit County opportunity ecosystem to help build a talent pipeline deemed career ready.”

They are hoping to work with organizations in the education and workforce development sectors, as well as the business community. They are especially interested in working with people between the ages of 16 and 24 to springboard them toward opportunities in construction, IT, healthcare, transportation, and logistics. 

For more information on Capital Talent Development Group’s services, or to consider potential partnership opportunities, visit

Start Downtown

Capital Talent Development Group opened in January 2022 after being selected as one of six businesses to receive support through the sixth round of Downtown Akron Partnership’s Start Downtown program, which is funded through a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Start Downtown brings new businesses to downtown Akron by matching business owners and entrepreneurs with downtown property owners and providing rent assistance for a period of six months. In alignment with Opportunity Akron and the Elevate Greater Akron Strategy, the program encourages new business growth with an emphasis on businesses owned by women and people of color. The program, which began in 2015 as the Pop-Up Retail Program, has catalyzed 13 businesses that are operating downtown.