The Impact of Minority Businesses in Tallahassee

Minority business leaders are celebrating Minority Enterprise Development Week. It's a series of workshops that is helping them get mobilized and stay in business.

Walking by you may not have even thought twice about the people behind this construction company. This month, its owners celebrated one year of being in business.

"It takes 150 percent dedication because you do have to do all parts of the job yourself rather than if you're working for a company and some else is sharing the load," says Regina Johnson.

Helping minority business leaders like Regina, the Big Bend's Minority Enterprise Development Week is connecting them to the resources they need to make their businesses a success.

"It's to help them get mobilized we try to give them workshops to help them get established and to stay in business and to get started in business," says Agatha Salters.

Business owners are learning everything from the latest technology to doing business with the state and other government agencies.

"All these types of efforts in helping small businesses, it's wonderful that you have the opportunity to sit one on one with an agency that you wish to do business with," Sarita Carter says.

Now, business owners like Regina say the next step is constructing a business plan that will not only build up their own companies, but hopefully the local economy. The Big Bend's Minority Enterprise Development Week will wrap up Friday with an awards luncheon at Tallahassee Community College.

There will be a series of workshops on marketing to the government and technology. Matchmaker sessions are also being offered which will give owners a one on one chance to talk to agencies they would like to do business with.


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