Mountain Business Equity Initiative

Asheville, NC | Online

Mountain Business Equity Initiative strives for entrepreneurial equity through education, empowerment, and economic mobility.

At Mountain Business Equity Initiative our strategic, evidence-based approach is grounded in community leadership, advocacy by/for families and community, applied research that centers hard truths through quantitative + qualitative data, leadership development, mobilizing Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BiPOC) to engage with the City (as well as other contracts and opportunities) through training and education, ultimately moving towards equitable, and inclusive opportunity for all.

Our work is three-fold: Train community leaders and entrepreneurs and then position them as future trainers, facilitators, mentors, and coaches; and Build up the capacity of the community to be eligible of “willing and ready” to do business through coaching, mentorship, and resource connection; and Create infrastructure and a pipeline for success between the Business Inclusion Office and the BiPOC community.

Who is this program for?

Individuals identifying as black, indigenous, people of color with an interest in entrepreneurship.

What problem does it solve?

Often entrepreneurs and business owners of color face unique challenges.

How does it help?

We offer cohort-based training, equity audits and action plans, capital and capacity building, resource connections, community mentorship, and youth engagement and design


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