The Greater Washington Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center Program Names Musician & Entrepreneur Marcus Johnson As Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Feb 11, 2016

The Greater Washington Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center Program (ECP) is excited to welcome musician and entrepreneur Marcus Johnson as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  In this role, Johnson will assist ECP clients in the development of their ideas. He will also assist in identifying and engaging business professionals and corporate entities, encouraging strategic partnerships and funding support to the program.

Marcus Johnson is an internationally acclaimed, Billboard-charting jazz pianist, and founder and CEO of FLO Wine, LLC.  His current venture, FLO (For the Love of) Wine, LLC, has enabled him to combine his passion for music with his love of good wine.  FLO Wine is available nationally at retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Costco, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Jewel-Osco, and Giant Foods.

“I'm extremely excited to work with the Greater Washington Urban League and specifically the Entrepreneurship Center Program,” says Johnson.  “It will be an honor to work with Eldridge Allen, George Lambert and the entire GWUL team to further the businesses and entrepreneurial education of our future business leaders.”

Johnson sees this position as an opportunity to support GWUL’s overall mission to increase economic empowerment of minorities in the Washington, DC region. “Many people believe that civil rights and justice are in the form of policy-only strategies. While creating fair laws and ensuring their enforcement is key, this path leaves out one of the key components necessary for true self and community empowerment - that of economic control,” explains Johnson.  “As an award winning entrepreneur, I see the importance of controlling our strategies, their execution, their refinement, and the deliberate and careful reinvestment of the fruits that they create.  It is only through this type of control and that of our own "checkbooks" will our community be able to truly realize justice and exercise the freedoms afforded to us through policy.”

“We are thrilled to deepen the partnership that GWUL has developed with Marcus over the last year,” says Eldridge Allen, director of the ECP.  “He is a perfect example of my personal motto ‘Plan Your Passion, Live Your Dream!’ I look forward to utilizing his innovative ideas, energy, and expertise to help our clients further their entrepreneurial endeavors.”

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Johnson will also be added to the roster of instructors that provide free courses to area entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More information about these courses and other program details can be found at www.gwul.org.