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How Can San Antonio Help Develop Minority-Owned Businesses?

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At least 1 million of the nation's 8 million minority-owned firms are based in Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ideally, this makes the already business-friendly state a leader for entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds. Their enterprises employ almost 700,000 Texans and have contributed $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy as of 2016.

However, in the last decade, Bexar County has found disparities in the opportunities available to business owners of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American descent – as well as women – when qualifying for loans or securing government contracts in the construction, goods or services industries. 

What resources are available in the community and how can entrepreneurs on all levels get access?

How does San Antonio stand out from other cities in supporting small businesses and ventures led by women or people of color? 

For more information, call 210-335-2478 or visit the Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department website. 

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.