Minority Business Resources
There are Memphis-area organizations dedicated to growing and sustaining minority- and women- owned businesses. Click here for a complete list of local and state programs designed to help small businesses.
The Ascend Business Development Program paris large, successful businesses and corporations - referred to as Leaders - with intermediate and advanced small businesses - referred to as Members - to provide mutually beneficial development assistance. For a period of 12 months, selected small businesses will receive invaluable business development assistance at no cost to them. Click here for more information.
The ISO Training and Certification Program is intended to help Memphis/Shelby County-based Women and Minority-Owned Businesses (W/MBEs) increase their ability to secure more sales and receipts, and to be eligible to compete for local, national and international contracts. ISO is an internationally recognized quality business management system that adheres to standards for world-class specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. Click here for more information.
Local, State and National Minority Business Associations
Black Business Association
As the largest trade association of its type in the Mid-South, the Black Business Association works directly with minority and women owned businesses to provide entrepreneurial education, advocacy and business development opportunities.
Business Enterprise Resource Office
The Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) provides technical, financial and management information assistance to small, minority and women owned businesses. BERO’s main office is located in Nashville with regional offices in Memphis and Knoxville.
The EPIcenter is an organization that will serve as the single front door and single point of accountability for entrepreneurs in Memphis. The EPIcenter will assist any entrepreneur starting a business, but will focus on Memphis’ existing economic strengths: logistics and emerging technologies, healthcare and bioscience, as well as the information and software technology that enables those sectors.
Memphis Area Minority Contractors Assoication
The Memphis Area Minority Suppliers Contractors Association is a non-profit organization comprised of the African American business owners with over 150 years combined experience in the construction and trade industry. MAMCA serves as a channel and provides networking opportunities, training, and mentoring to prepare and assist individuals in becoming business owners in the construction industry.
The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum)
The MMBC Continuum proactively develops a climate of inclusion where business to business relationships and staff facilitated developmental programs fosters increased growth and success of small minority businesses.
National Association of Women Business Owners
NAWBO was organized more than three decades ago with the goal of securing equal rights and opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Today, NAWBO is the voice for more than 10 million women-owned businesses across all industries and every corner of the United States.
SBA Emerging 200 Initiative
The goal of the SBA Emerging 200 initiative is to identify 200 inner-city businesses across the country that show a high potential for growth—and to provide them the network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale within a designated inner-city geographic location.
Women's Business Enterprise Council is the lead organization for connecting women-owned businesses to contracting oportunties through certification, education, award programs and professional growth programs.
TriState Minority Supplier Development Council
The Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to building partnerships between minority-owned businesses that supply quality goods and services and major corporations that need those quality products. TMSDC provides continuous education on diversity, business standards and partnership building that benefits its members.
Business Owners with Disabilities
There are more opportunities than ever for individuals with disabilities to start their own businesses. Those who are deaf, blind, paralyzed or dealing with other types of disabilities can reach out to government programs, support nonprofits and organizations, scholarship and grant foundations and more. Click here for programs that boost the likelihood of success and give people with a disability and a plan the start they need.