Program Overview


Promote minority-owned businesses in Pittsburgh, help them achieve their goals, and build their networks.


CASTUS launched the Fellowship for Minority Business Owners in 2021 with a cohort of five Fellows including Jazmiere Bates (Owner, Kin of Duncan), Nisha Blackwell (Owner, Knotzland), Selima Dawson (Owner, Blakbird Jewelry), Chrisarah Johnson (Owner, Good Days Brand), TaRay & Raynise Kelly (Owners, Soil Sisters). The Fellows received access to a Business Development Workshop led by CASTUS. The Fellowship Award winner, Jazmiere Bates, also received $5,000 grant funding.

This year, we’re excited to be building on the program, offering more access to local experts on broader subject matters and grant funding to the Fellowship Award Winner.


Businesses are eligible to apply if they are Minority Owned, have an established product or service that they are actively selling, and are headquartered in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

CASTUS Fellowship is on hold for 2023. Please check back for info on future opportunities.

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2022 CASTUS Fellowship Application

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Our Workshop Leaders

The Motherhood

The Motherhood is the original influencer marketing agency for top brands and content creators across all verticals. We approach every campaign with a deep desire to create value. We do so by building relationships, trust, and compelling content. We know that when people find value, they take action - they engage, they share, they buy.

We take on the most complex and time-consuming aspects of running a campaign, allowing our clients to rest assured that they have a uniquely qualified partner to manage every detail.

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Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm with more than 500 lawyers operating in 14 markets across eight states and Washington, D.C. Dedicated to refining the art of client service, we leverage technical, industry and legal knowledge and hands-on experience to serve a diverse client base, from leading multinationals to small, entrepreneurial companies.

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Responsival is your partner for all things Strategy + Analytics, UX Design + Development, and Growth Marketing. Whatever it is, let's do it.

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Schneider Downs

Working together every day to make our firm, clients and communities better.

Since 1956, Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. has been providing accounting, tax and business  advisory services through innovative thought leaders who deliver their expertise to meet the individual needs of each client.

Schneider Downs works with large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities, service firms and professional associations. We help our clients reach their goals through insight, innovation and experience.

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