As we know, there has been no end to the challenges small businesses face, especially this past 12 months. The national spotlight has also demonstrated the additional challenges many minority businesses confront. The nation, and certainly our own community are genuinely interested in helping minority business owners find solutions to their small business problems.
Our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has seen increasing trends in advising minority businesses, particularly in the Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander populations. However, we want to engage all minority business populations more intentionally. The Mill, along with small business resource partners are joining forces with Salt Lake County to fill the resource gaps identified by minority business owners.
The Mill will take part in providing specific programming, mentoring, or counseling through our Everyday Entrepreneur Program, Mill Incubator, Veteran Business Resource Center, and SBDC. Our intent is to break down possible cultural or trust barriers, if they exist, and find stronger connections to our minority business population to help them thrive. Minorities are opening businesses at a rapid pace, yet often resist asking for help that could save them time, headaches, and money.
The Mill is grateful to Salt Lake County for convening these conversations so we can identify gaps and work to fill them. If you are a minority business owner or budding entrepreneur who has previously resisted reaching out to resources such as The Mill or SBDC, let’s start a conversation. Let’s work together and identify minority business needs. Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org