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Apply Now: Seven-Week Local Program for Minority Startups

Diversity is a competitive advantage and is crucial to the economic growth of our community. Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) is a community investment program developed to strengthen our startup and small business ecosystem by tapping into the potential of minority business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in learning about 1) operations, marketing, financing and accounting; 2) obtaining a loan pre-qualification assessment; 3) meeting with an attorney to assist with business formation and other questions; and 4) presenting your business to a panel of micro-lenders, banks, and community lenders then you may be eligible to apply to the ADME program.

ADME is a seven-week program developed to assist minority entrepreneurs who are in the startup phase of their businesses. The Champaign cohort will meet weekly starting June 19 at the Champaign Public Library.

The application process opens May 3 and the deadline is May 31. Space is limited to 15 participants per cohort!

For more information and to apply for the ADME program, please contact Don Elmore at the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC at or 217.378.8535 or visit the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment website.