Minority-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs

RISE Collaborative is committed to supporting the development and growth of minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs from underserved communities in Southern and South Central Virginia.

Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Virginia Community Capital Economic Equity Fund

The Economic Equity Fund is a $10 million loan fund that provides low-cost financing for small business owners who are women and/or Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and were disproportionately affected by the economic impact of the pandemic. In addition to low-interest loans for eligible borrowers, resources have been allocated to provide free technical assistance and consulting for eligible small businesses and community-based partners. For information and to apply, visit https://www.vacommunitycapital.org/our-impact/economic-equity-fund/ 

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

The mission of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is to enhance growth opportunities for Virginia’s small businesses to prosper through increased revenue and job creation thereby raising the standard of living for all Virginians. The Virginia SBSD programs include the Small, Women, and Minority-owned (SWaM) business certification program. For information, visit https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/

U.S. Small Business Association

SBA is committed to supporting the development and growth of minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs from underserved communities. Programs includes the 8(a) Business Development Program, the SBA-Mentor-Protégé Program, and the HUBZone program. For information, visit https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/minority-owned-businesses 

Minority Business Networks in Southern and South Central Virginia

Black Business Collaborative of the Dan River Region

The Black Business Collaborative was formed to serve as the hub for Black entrepreneurship in the Dan River Region, including Danville, Pittsylvania County, Halifax County, and beyond. For information, find @BlackBusinessCollaborativeDRR  on Facebook 

Minority Business Consortium of Martinsville-Henry County

The Minority Business Consortium of Martinsville-Henry County was formed to serve as the hub for minority entrepreneurship in Martinsville, Henry County, and beyond. For information, contact minoritybusinessconsortium@gmail.com

Minority Business News & Events

Juneteenth celebrations growing in Southern Virginia

Juneteenth celebrations growing in Southern Virginia

What is Juneteenth?  “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with...

Swimming through the SWaM Certification Process

Swimming through the SWaM Certification Process

SWaM (Small, Women, and Minority owned firms) certification is one of the most powerful marketing tools you can use to grow your sales among state agencies, public colleges and universities, local municipalities. Even large, private sector firms like Dominion utilize...

Past Events

Swimming through SWaM Certification Process

April 28, 2022

SWaM Strong Spring 2022 Procurement Fair

April 26, 2022

Networking with Speed: Canva Workshop with LaShonda Brown

January 18, 2022