Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses

There is a great wealth of resources for minority-owned businesses seeking specialized advice or assistance on management, finances, networking, and education. We’ve collected many of those resources right here.
Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you.

Would you like to provide your opinion on the COVID-19 vaccine?

We are asking for help on a study between USF and MBCC on COVID-19 vaccine attitude, with the purpose of gathering perceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

You qualify for this 5-minute online survey if you:

  • Are age 18 or older
  • Are African American or of Hispanic and Latino Ethnicity
  • AND a resident of Manatee or Sarasota County

2021 Asian American Pacific Islander Leadership Summit

May 27, 2021

12pm – 12:20pm Opening Keynote: Angeles Valenciano, CEO – National Diversity Council
12:20pm – 1pm Keynote Speaker: Siewhang McCreight, Chief Audit & Risk Officer – AAA
1pm – 2:15pm General Panel Session:

  • Priya Jain, EVP, Chief Growth Officer – Atlas
  • Suk-Kyu Koh, Chairman & CEO – Chrysan Industries
  • Caren Lock, Regional VP & Associate General Counsel, State Government Relations – TIAA
  • Roop Raj, Anchor – Fox 2 News
2:15pm – 2:30pm Closing Remarks & Recognition of Sponsors

Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students

Student loan debt has grown significantly over the years, placing more of a financial burden on students nationwide. Historically, minorities have been largely underrepresented in higher education with studies suggesting economic and financial disadvantages contributing to this gap In an effort to support minority students in Tampa, has created a financial aid guide for minority students that provides scholarship application tips and various funding opportunities for minority psychology students.


New Certificate Program: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at USF Muma College of Business

Registration is now open a new free seven-week online certificate program that will emphasize essential practices and initiatives designed to increase diversity among employees at all levels.

Three power players in the Tampa Bay business community have joined together to educate business and community leaders on the essential practices and tools designed to increase employee diversity and to create a sustainable business model that embraces equity and inclusion. The University of South Florida Muma College of Business will offer a free, seven-week certificate program, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jabil, that will focus on ways organizations can create a more diverse workplace as well as address equity issues and foster inclusivity.


Tax Preparation Assistance for Hillsborough County Residents

Hillsborough County Extension Service is offering tax preparation assistance to Hillsborough County residents for the 2020 tax season.

Complete a short form and receive access to the department’s free tax software program. There is no income limit. Any resident who is interested in one-to-one remote assistance can make an appointment for a telephone or web conference chat with a department representative who will provide guidance in completing the tax return using the free tax preparation software.

For an appointment, contact Denise Kantak (813) 744-5519, ext. 54141.


R3 Economic Recovery Financial Assistance for Businesses Application

This is a financial assistance program, not a loan. Therefore, the funds do not need to be paid back. Awarded funds can be spent on any business-related expense, such as employees’ wages, mortgage, rent, vendor invoices, utility bills, payroll and other costs, so long as these expenses are not paid for by insurance or another federal assistance program.


Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (TBBHF) Virtual Business Seminar Series

FREE professional business seminars hosted by the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center.

Seminars are scheduled throughout the month of September thru October 3, 2020.


Hillsborough County Grant Program

Small business owners across Hillsborough County who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic can apply for relief grants to help get business back up and running.


Pinellas Cares Program

The Pinellas Cares program accepts applications from business types most impacted by COVID-19, but that may not have a commercial location and did not qualify for the initial CARES Small Business Grants.


Rebuild Community-Based Businesses Grant Program

The grants are intended retain existing businesses and jobs, encourage investment by the private sector, stabilize the areas impacted by the civil unrest, and eliminate and prevent the spread of blight and deterioration.


Small Business Development Center

The FSBDCN serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida.


Hands On Banking

Starting and managing your own business can ask a lot more of your time, energy and talent than most jobs ever do. It may require a significant investment of your own money and it might be risky. But it may prove much more rewarding, too. Hands On Banking is a free and commercial-free tool by Wells Fargo for entrepreneurs.


Doing Business in Hillsborough County: Minorities, Women & Small Business

Targeted programs to help minority- or woman-owned businesses flourish are available through Hillsborough County. Here you can find resources, access business opportunities, and enroll in training. Minority Certification and Small Business Registration are services provided at no cost to business owners.


Ariel Business Group

Ariel Business Group provides management consulting and training services to emerging businesses, contractor and engineering corporations and government agencies.


Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to link corporations and government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.


Entrepreneur & Small Business Support: Resources & Training

Connect with the knowledge and resources you need to grow your small business. The Entrepreneur Collaborative Center is a hub where innovators gather to share ideas and access tools to grow their businesses, and programs such as the Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2) to engage start-ups to fuel prosperity.


Pinellas County Economic Development

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast.