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While entrepreneurship and small business ownership for minorities including African Americans has made some progress over the past 60 years, there is still much to be done. In his famed 1968 speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” to assert black independence, King called on followers to strengthen black institutions and businesses by moving their money away from the white run business and banking establishments and depositing their dollars into black owned institutions.Read More
While we celebrate the growth of small businesses ownership in the U.S, sadly the African American small business footprint has grown only to 14% of the 28 million small businesses in the nation. Most of this minority group is woefully underserved regarding growth capital and capacity building support.Read More
BCL spent a full and productive day with community leaders discussing the future of Austin’s economic development policy this month. We expect to have some great information for our clients coming soon. And BCL of Texas Director of Entrepreneurship Brian K. Marshall was honored to participate in these key stakeholder discussions!Read More
Formed during an economic recession by rural Texas volunteers, CEN-TEX Certified Development Corporation (which would later be called BCL of Texas) has been bold and deliberate in its mission to build strong communities. As one of the co-founders, I have seen the growth and transformation since day one.Read More
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