Small Business Development Center, helping minority-owned businesses

Desy Papper

The Michigan Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College (SBDC) provides no-cost business consulting services to those in Greater Lansing who are starting a business or have an existing business. We serve all business owners equitably, reflecting the demographics of our community by serving 33% minority-, 52% women-, and […]

The Michigan Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College (SBDC) provides no-cost business consulting services to those in Greater Lansing who are starting a business or have an existing business.

We serve all business owners equitably, reflecting the demographics of our community by serving 33% minority-, 52% women-, and 6% veteran-owned businesses.

But we recognize not all small business owners are feeling seen and served by the programs that are here to assist them, especially those designed to uplift them from the financial fallout of the pandemic.

Black-owned businesses suffer hardship. There are over two million Black-owned businesses in the United States. These businesses generate an estimated $150 billion in revenue annually. The Federal Reserve released its annual Small Business Credit Survey in February, providing an overview of economic hardships faced by small businesses. What it showed was over 41% of Black-owned businesses were inactive or not operational as a result of the pandemic. In comparison, only 26% of white-owned business were inactive during that same period.

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