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 of the Dan River Region is currently in a strategic planning phase.
Minority Business Consortium of Martinsville & Henry County
MBC hosts 6 meetings each year, with an educational speaker, networking, and food. For information, contact email@example.com
The Tapestry Network is looking to grow by purchasing group membership in Chambers in the South Central Piedmont counties.
The Grapevine Entrepreneur Network
The Grapevine is made up of entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders across Southern Virginia, with a shared interest in supporting Black & Brown-owned and woman-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. The Grapevine Entrepreneur Workgroup meets monthly on Zoom and communicates. We welcome all entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders in Southern Virginia to join our LinkedIn and Facebook groups to share resources, ask questions, and make connections. Learn More
Minority Business News & Events
Celebrate Black History Month: Support Black Businesses
February is Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, RISE Collaborative presents, "The Vibrary," a virtual library of business resources, Black Business facts, and a treasure hunt celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of Southern Virginia (GO Virginia...
RISE Collaborative Opens Registration for March 2023 Business Pitch Competition
$15,000 in prizes available for competition winners FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (January 23, 2022) – Cash prizes, feedback from business consultants and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs await participants in the RISE Collaborative 2023...
Learn How to Apply for Community Investment Collaborative Loan Funds
On November 30, 2022, Stephen Davis of the Community Investment Collaborative joined our RISE Collaborative online meetup. He shared his expertise on how to prepare for loan applications and how to apply for loan funds from the Community Investment Collaborative. The...
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...
Dan River Region Black Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural Event as Stand Alone Organization SWaM Strong Spring Procurement Fair
Dan River Region Black Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural Event as Stand Alone Organization SWaM Strong Spring Procurement Fair Danville, VA - The Dan River Region Black Chamber of Commerce (dba Black Business Collaborative-Dan River Region) launched with SWaM Strong...
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...
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