The PaceSBDC Celebrates Black History Month
This Black History Month, the Pace SBDC is highlighting the numerous programs and resources available to Black small business owners to support their entrepreneurial journey. The contributions of Black entrepreneurs to the business landscape in the U.S. are immeasurable and we are proud to play a role in helping them succeed. Our top resource is providing no-cost, personalized business advising services to help entrepreneurs reach their goals. If you'd like to meet with a NYS-Certified Business Advisor and discuss your business plan, government contracting opportunities, marketing strategy, financing programs, or another area of business, visit our contact page.
M/WBE Certification for Small Business
Our team of business advisors can help you navigate the application process for Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certifications from the New York State and New York City governments as well as the Port Authority. Obtaining MWBE certification not only helps you compete for contracting and subcontracting opportunities, but can also play an important role in a business' marketing materials. If you're interested in obtaining an MWBE or other certification, contact the Pace SBDC to meet with a business advisor.
Grants For Black Entrepreneurs
At the time of publication, there is a private sector grant focused on supporting grant support to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Check out our grants page for more info on this and other available programs. Please note that while the Pace SBDC keep our ears to the ground and share opportunities when we hear of them, our center does not finance or administer any grant program. If you need help finding grant and other small business financing options, make a free appointment with a business advisor.
Together We Thrive & the Black-Owned Business Directory
The Pace SBDC is proud to partner with the Together We Thrive: Black Business Network, whose mission is to help Black business owners sustain and grow their small businesses as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Together We Thrive's unique initiatives is their Black-Owned Business Directory, a listing of NYC, Black-owned, brick and mortar establishments. Interested businesses can list themselves on the map by joining Together We Thrive's cohort of businesses.
NYS Bridge to Success program
The “Bridge to Success” Loan Program aims to provide qualified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) with access to short-term bridge loans necessary to execute contracting opportunities across New York State. Check out our contract financing options for more info and contact the Pace SBDC to meet with a business advisor.