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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City Gets $1.8 Million Grant For Minority-Owned Business Center

The City of Albuquerque has been awarded a $1.875 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to support the New Mexico MBDA Business Center. The center is located in Albuquerque and operated through the City’s Economic Development Department. The grant funding will help with center operations integral to the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses.

The City will receive $375,000 annually over a five-year period, ending June 30, 2026, as long as performance goals are met and congressional appropriations are made. The Albuquerque City Council gave formal approval of the funding on Monday.

“In Albuquerque, 60 percent of small businesses are minority-owned, so this grant is an investment in the heart of our economy and is fundamental to accelerating our city’s post-pandemic recovery,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are committed to creating opportunities for businesses and families, part

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Why minority-owned small businesses may need extra COVID recovery boost

RICHMOND, Va. — Small businesses are recognized as the backbone of the economy which is why helping them rebound is critical to Central Virginia’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Minority-owned businesses, specifically, might need an extra boost.

Nestled in Richmond’s East End is J&G Workforce Development Services.

“We’re located in the heart of one of our low-income communities,” said CEO and president, Grace Washington. “We have to be accessible to the residents, because that’s who we want to assist in improving their lives.”

Grace Washington


Grace Washington

Much of Washington’s work involves connecting minorities to jobs. As a Black business leader herself, she knows firsthand that career success for people of color can be an uphill battle sometimes.

“Whether it be reentry, or substance abuse, or mental health, lack of skills, lack of education, whatever those barriers are, we can get them into the system and start them on a career

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