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Minority Business Grant Opportunity for Charlottesville & Albemarle

The United Way of Greater Charlottesville (UWGC) and the Minority Business Alliance of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (MBA) are pleased to announce their partnership to provide the FY2020 Minority Enterprise Grant Opportunity. Local minority-owned small businesses are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used to purchase equipment or pay for marketing and certain operating costs. UWGC will provide up to $10,000; and the UWGC and CMBA will jointly award at least two grants from the $10,000 budget. Applications are due no later than 12 noon, Friday, March 6, 2020.

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“It is important that we stimulate and support small business ownership and enterprise in our local minority community,” said Ravi Respeto, President & CEO of the United Way of Greater Charlottesville. “We are honored to be partnering with the Minority Business Alliance in this important work and look forward to the continued growth of not only the number, but the strength of minority-owned businesses and enterprises in our community.”

"Innovative partnerships and collaborations are some of our community's most powerful tools to reconcile the opportunity costs of economic discrimination,” said Quinton Harrell, Chairman of the Minority Business Alliance. “In a burgeoning ecosystem of supports and solutions, this partnership symbolically, and tangibly, represents additional, early steps of thoughtful, well-informed grant-making that is recognizing the value of investing in a thriving, prosperous minority business community."

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About the United Way:
The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. Focusing on financial stability, school readiness, and connected community, The United Way allocates resources to solution-oriented organizations and programs that address these issues at scale and tackle issues of equity in Charlottesville and the surrounding area with the goal of reducing poverty in our community. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @UnitedWayCville.

About the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce:
The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville Communities. The Chamber envisions its role as a catalyst, convener, and communicator to support local businesses of all sizes and industries towards a common goal of economic growth that leads to community prosperity. The Chamber will relentlessly foster partnership and collaboration; grow and support big ideas that produce meaningful, measurable results for our members; and nurture a healthy business environment.