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Minority Business Development Agency Awards $5.1 million in Grants

Wed, March 31, 2021 8:14 AM | Anonymous

Three new programs join the national network

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Entrepreneurship Education for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

is committed to leveraging its capabilities to help reduce crime and increase opportunities to improve the lives of all Americans. Grant awards will fund innovative projects to support formerly incarcerated individuals with entrepreneurship assistance including (but not limited to): (1) educational programs and workshops; (2) entrepreneurial training; and (3) coaching assistance.

Columbia, SC: DESA, Inc. will develop uniquely tailored programs to help resolve identity issues, prioritize expungement options, secure temporary employment, and incorporate one-on-one coaching for entrepreneurship opportunities.


400 Percival Road

Columbia, SC 29206

Los Angeles, CA: Defy Ventures will advance its Entrepreneurship Pathway for Formerly Incarcerated Minorities program, which offers executive mentorship, supportive peers, workshops, and training.

Defy Ventures

3550 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550

Los Angeles, CA 90010 

Baltimore, MD: Morgan State University will implement a three-phase program to provide options for participants to focus on entrepreneurial training (launch), working with business advisors to address challenges (sustain), or working with seasoned entrepreneurs on future work plans (growth).

Morgan State University

1700 E. Cold Spring Lane

Baltimore, MD 21251 

Birmingham, AL: The Dannon Project will advance their FLEE program-Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Education- to offer entrepreneurial programs and business coaching as a pathway to successful community reentry.

The Dannon Project

2324 5th Avenue North

Birmingham, AL 35203 


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