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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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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SD CEO East Women’s Business Center celebrates grand opening at Zeal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Since the pandemic began, there’s been a big shift in business across the country, with many people deciding to start their own company. Now there’s a new resource center now open for women entrepreneurs in Eastern South Dakota.

“We’ve really seen an increase in the amount of women wanting to start their own business and the SBA really sought that out,” said Ashley Biggar, the Director of SDCEO East Women’s Business Center.

In 2021 the Small Business Administration announced 20 new Women’s Business Centers across the country, including the new SDCEO East location in Sioux Falls.

“We cover the whole eastern side of the state, so about 22 counties over here is what we cover,” Biggar said.
 
South Dakota’s Western Women’s Business Center opened about 14 years ago at Black Hills State University. Now the new Sioux Falls office celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, welcoming

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