This organization is helping minority-owned businesses thrive statewide with new development center in Birmingham

We can’t wait to see what the Alabama MBDA Business Center does for the minority-owned business community. (Olivia Moses / Bham Now)

While Bham Now is a big fan of the small business community, we also love the initiatives behind it that are making the magic happen. Walker’s Legacy is proud to not only support, but to encourage minority-owned businesses as they expand in the Magic City.

MBDAs across the nation exist to provide resources to minority-owned businesses, but recently, Alabama has secured its own chapter right here in the 4th Avenue Historic District. Get the scoop about this new business center and its open house details here.

The “why” behind this program

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This building is home to so many great businesses. (Olivia Moses / Bham Now)

It is easier than ever before for Alabama business owners to secure funding, discover local support and build connections in the business community

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CEI Women’s Business Center launches Maine Women’s Business List

Nonprofit CEI Women’s Business Center has launched Maine Women’s Business List, the first public directory of woman-owned businesses across Maine.

The online directory is a response to consumers, companies and organizations wanting to purchase from enterprises across the state that are owned by women. It is free to use and easy to search.

Companies listed in the directory are searchable by geography, industry or keyword. All entries are self-reported, and the Women’s Business Center encourages any business to register that is headquartered in Maine and at least 50% female-owned. This includes trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary individuals.

Open to all women-owned businesses across the state, Maine Women’s Business List already includes many in the Midcoast, including Barstow Art and Design in Liberty, Cedar Grove Sauna in Montville, Holler Soap Co. in Unity, Rescue Ranch in Unity, Bloom Maine in Belfast, Scout + Bean in Lincolnville, LooHoo in Camden,

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North County Business Briefs, Jan. 16


Grants available to help employment

Grant funding is available from the Escondido Community Foundation to support organizations that provide workforce development resources needed for economic growth in Escondido. In the 2022-23 grant cycle, the foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, invites local organizations to submit a letter of intent specifically for projects in Escondido. The foundation is committed to programs that provide resources for job readiness, job shadowing, internships, vocational education, advancement opportunities and technology instruction. These projects should be achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability. Find information and applications at (scroll down to “Grants”). Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 24. To join the foundation, email [email protected]


Low-cost Internet for qualifying households

Cox Communications is offering ConnectAssist, a low-cost broadband option available to qualifying low-income households with no school-age children in the home and who don’t

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Minority entrepreneur center comes to Alliance

ALLIANCE – A new program aims to provide support and resources to minority business owners in the Carnation City. 

The Family Matters Resource Center, a community center that offers services and educational opportunities to underserved residents and families, developed the initiative in an effort to promote business growth in Alliance. 

“People start a business to succeed, not to fail,” said Raymont Johnson, founder of the Family Matters Resource Center. “But unless you have a good infrastructure of support, it can be tough.” 

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Johnson, who is a member of the Stark County Minority Business Association, said the goal is to bring county-wide resources to the Alliance community for businesses in various stages of development. 

Working alongside the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and Alliance Area Development, Johnson

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