Mountain Business Equity Initiative (MBEI) is a community-centered, Black-led response seeking to restoring our people and our communities to greatness while building a legacy for those that come behind us. This program is designed to deliver high-quality technical assistance to emerging, or existing Black, indigenous, People of Color (BiPOC) led and owned small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs across the 10-county Asheville Market and beyond. This work is a direct response to the 2018 Disparity Study, and the work that followed on community action planning, while engaging community members, entrepreneurs and leaders in a strategic response. Our focus is disrupting disparity that has continued to impact the BiPOC community, and especially the Black community for generations and we are striving for entrepreneurial equity through education, empowerment & economic mobility. Our program covers topics not traditionally offered in business planning, or business development work such as resilience, entrepreneurial mindset, visioning, creativity, investing in community, racial equity and accountability – thus, we are addressing and filling a true gap for BiPOC communities in the entrepreneurial pipeline.


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