Our Timeline

December 2010

Launched APNET

African Professionals Network founded and registered in Ohio as a professional networking organization

Networking Mixers

Apnet launched monthly networking mixers

September 2011
February 2012

Annual Lunch

Launched annual brunch for the elderly (partnership with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly)

Book Club & Golf Clinic

Launched  Book Club & Moscato, and Golf Clinic /Scramble

July 2012
November 2012

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of Financial Independence

New Partners

Partnered with American Red Cross, Flying Pig Marathon & Girl On The Run

May 2013
June 2013


Launched yearly Family Event @ Lake Isabella

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of Celebrating Excellence in the Community

October 2013
January 2014

New Partner

Partnered with Cincinnati Museum to celebrate Passport to the African Cultural Festival


Celebrated International Red Cross Day

May 2014
July 2014


Family Event

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of The Role of African Professionals in the Tri-State Economy

October 2014
February 2015

Cooking Sessions

Launched APNET Cooking Sessions

World Refugee Day

Partnered  with Refugee Connect to launched annual world soccer tournament

June 2015

New Partnership

WLWT & NIKITA partnership

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of Gain the Edge: Networking, Business and Community Engagement

October 2015
November 2015

Membership mixer

Held membership engagement mixer

Becoming a Non-Profit

APNET became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


Mentoring program

Mentoring program launched 

Family Event

Held family event at the park

July 2016
August 2016

Business Events

Started bimonthly business/networking events

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of Connecting Diverse Talents

October 2016
October 2017

Symposium Topic

Africa’s Stories: Music, Art, Culture and Excellence
New Partnership with InterNations to celebrate Africa

APNET Columbus

Launched APNET Columbus, Ohio Chapter. Held APNET Cincinnati-Columbus joint mixer.

January 2018
February 2018

Joint Mixer

Held APNET Cincinnati-Columbus joint mixer

New Resident Member at Union Hall

APNET Cincinnati became a resident member at  Union Hall (Cintrifuse/Startup Cincinnati)

July 2018
July 2018

Africa-America Trade Summit

Helped organize the Africa-America Trade Summit and Office of Opportunities at the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

New Partnership

Partnered with New African Immigrant Commission (NAIC); APNET president appoint by Governor Kasich to serve on the commission. Ohio State officials met APNET leaders. Invitation extended for APNET to present at the Small Business Statewide conference in Columbus.

September 2018
October 2018

Symposium Topic

Held symposium on the topic of Startups: Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Re-Launched Entrepreneurship program

To connect entrepreneurs/businesses to resources

June 2019
August 2019

New Partnership

Established partnership with Dinsmore & Shohl through Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio to help with code of regulations/bylaws for APNET in our efforts to go national

FC Cincinnati Partnership

APNET partnered with FC Cincinnati

September 2019
October 2019

Symposium Topic

Held Symposium on the topic of Unlocking Africa’s Potential to the Community

Greater Cincinnati Complete Count 2020 Census initiative

APNET selected by Major John Cranley to be part of the Greater Cincinnati Complete Count 2020 Census initiative.

January 2020
February 2020

Symposium Topic

Help organized International Symposium on Africa

APNET leader recognized at the state level

Governor DeWine reappointed APNET’s President to serve a 2-yr term on the New African Immigrants Commission (NAIC) & various APNET members served on the NAIC sub committees.

February 2020
March 2020

APNET Mentoring Program

APNET Mentoring program changed to a school-based program

First Virtual Event

Held first Business/Networking virtual event

May 2020
September 2020

First Paint & Celebrate Event and First Listening Session with  WCPO Channel 9

Virtual Anniversary Celebration

3-Day Virtual APNET 10-Yr Anniversary Celebration

October 2020
October 2020

APNET proclamation- Mayor John Cranley

APNET was awarded proclamation by the city of Cincinnati

APNET Prof. PLO Lumumba

July 2021
September 2021

APNET AfriFest (Rebranded)

Immigrant Business Roundtable Forum

APNET partners with Drip Coffee Lounge, ECDI, Cincinnati Compass, La Mega Media, Latina Entrepreneur Academy, and the City of Cincinnati.

September 2021
October 2021

APNET Celebrated Community Excellence

Celebration, Awards & Scholarships

2nd Proclamation Awarded to APNET

Hamilton County Boards of Commissioners awarded a proclamation to APNET.

October 2021

Partnership with CCHMC HealthVine, YMCA, and LifeCenter

Provided health awareness and vaccine clinics.

AfriFest Cincy: Taste of Africa

Over 45 small businesses participated

APNET Received Community Leader Award

APNET leaders received the community leader award at the Cincinnati Compass event.

APNET Visited City Hall

We had meetings with the mayor and vice-mayor of Cincinnati.

APNET Relaunched Business/Entrepreneurship Workshops

It provides knowledge, community, networking, and mentoring to support participants
in starting and/or expanding their businesses