Minority business owners leave forum inspired and excited about the future

“The opportunity to put everybody in one room together and give them that information and give them some people that they can ask questions to was super important.”
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:57 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - According to the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship there are more than 4 million minority-owned companies in the United States, with annual sales totaling close to $700 billion. Although minorities make up 32% of the population, minority business ownership is only at 18%.

It’s with those statistics in mind that the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce wants to assist local minority-owned businesses.

Thursday night the BCS Chamber, along with sponsor Patterson Architects and the Newman-Adam Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Brazos Valley, hosted its Minority Small Business Forum.

Officials with the chamber say the forum was designed to provide resources to successfully start, grow and protect their businesses.

“I think it’s difficult for smaller businesses and newer businesses to be able to find all of those resources while they’re trying to either start or grow their business,” said Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce Chair Elect Jason Cornelius. “The opportunity to put everybody in one room together and give them that information and give them some people that they can ask questions to was super important.”

For business owners like Susana Garcia, the forum can really be a rewarding experience. She recently opened a financial services company.

“It’s a little hectic sometimes just starting up a business,” said Garcia.

She, like many others attending, are working to be a successful entrepreneur. Garcia says events like these are important because they open up opportunities for collaboration, networking, and friendship.

“They bring exposure. I feel like I’m part of a community and it’s something that I can learn and continue to show someone else in the future,” said Garcia.

Community partners from Frost Bank and Texas A&M University Division of Academic and Strategic Collaboration, Los Lobos Bail Bonds, Holiday & Associates, Spherion, Ment Marketing & Creative Services, Truist, The Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corp, West Webb Allbritton & Gentry, Stubbs & Co. Attorneys, Brewer Eyeington Patout Certified Public Accountants, First Financial Bank, and Podcast Architects were on hand to share knowledge on all aspects of business and entrepreneurship.

Garcia and other business owners say they left the forum excited and inspired about the future.

“I feel like I’ll be able to grow with the knowledge that I learned today,” said Garcia.

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