Minnesota’s Black-owned businesses are finally getting the recognition they deserve on Black Entrepreneurs Day
From Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 27, the city of Minneapolis will host Black Entrepreneurs Day, with events aimed at highlighting the city’s Black-owned businesses and providing networking opportunities for them, whether they are established businesses, startups, or new businesses in the works from Black would-be entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, the state legislature passed a host of new regulations that will help many Black small business owners on Black Entrepreneurs Day.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in an interview on Sheletta Brundidge’s podcast Laughing with Letta said his administration’s One Minnesota budget stressed equity in its mission to make Minnesota the finest state to live in. Gov. Walz recognized a group of Black small business owners on Black Entrepreneurs Day for their involvement in achieving additional, increased financing that will strengthen the state’s support in businesses in minority neighborhoods.
Brundidge organized the first “Black Entrepreneurs Day” at the Capitol
Brundidge created, organized, and delivered the first “Black Entrepreneurs Day” at the Capitol on February 3. The event drew 300 Black small business owners to St. Paul for a rally in the Rotunda to bring their issues to the forefront. They spoke out as legislators and policymakers debated how to spend the state’s historic $17 billion budget surplus.
The Black Entrepreneurs Day, attended by the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, cabinet officials, and lawmakers, featured one-on-one discussions between Black business owners and legislators. The governor emphasized during the Black Entrepreneurs Day the need to create a place where entrepreneurs can succeed, addressing historic barriers in generational wealth, home ownership, business ownership, and access to business capital.