Contest will offer ‘makeover’ to minority-owned small businesses

renee hode and pat kahleThe Union County Chamber and South Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center are launching the Union County Minority Business Makeover Contest in January to provide a local small business with the opportunity to win a makeover. The winner will receive up to 50-hours of professional services from top consultants valued at $8,000.

“Creating a thriving community means increasing access to resources so everyone can participate in a growing economy,” said Pat Kahle, president/CEO of the Union County Chamber. “The Chamber is proud to partner with SPCC’s Small Business Center to develop focused programming for minority-owned small businesses in our community.” 

Services will include:

  • Accounting and tax advisory services by TL Turner Group
  • Human resources services by Employers Advantage
  • Marketing and sales strategy by Digimatiq Marketing
  • Strategic and business plan optimization by Effició
  • Website assessment by Groopwork

Minority-owned businesses have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and this contest will offer a catalyst for growth and continued success for the winning business.

“There is work to be done to bridge gaps in resources and financial inequities particularly for Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous owned small businesses and this contest is the first step toward providing targeted resources for minority-owned businesses in our community,” explains Renee Hode, director of the SPCC Small Business Center. “Together the Chamber and SPCC will continue to develop targeted programs to increase equality and equity in small business.”

How it works:

Businesses that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Located in the Union County, North Carolina
  • Business is 51% owned and actively managed by a racial minority
  • Business has been legally operating for at least 1 month
  • Business is not a franchise

This is an excellent opportunity for small minority-owned businesses in Union County to gain access to thousands of dollars’ worth of professional consulting services and be promoted in the business community! In addition to consultancy services, the winner will receive a 3-month advertising package with the Tri-W News, a 30-second Waymark produced commercial, courtesy of Spectrum Reach, and a one-year membership to the Union County Chamber.

The contest entry period opens on January 17 and closes on February 7. The winner will be announced on February 18 during National Entrepreneurship Week.

Learn more and enter at https://www.unioncountycoc.com/ucmb/.

About South Piedmont Community College:

South Piedmont Community College is a two-year college offering certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees to residents in Anson and Union counties. We offer small class sizes with flexible scheduling options geared toward student success as well as low tuition and scholarship opportunities. To learn more about the college and our programs, visit www.spcc.edu.

About Union County Chamber:

The mission of the Union County Chamber, an independent nonprofit business association, is to champion business growth and business prosperity throughout Union County.

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