Bridging Gaps in Small Business Support Services Support Services

Capital access remains a leading barrier to success for all business owners. Yet, while grant programs have emerged as a vital strategy to address financing gaps among underserved microbusiness owners, many grant awardees face additional hurdles to accessing mentorship and community-level support. Considering the legal challenges faced by race-based programs and drawing from the results of a recent AEO grant program that provided comprehensive business support services, also known as wraparound services, to Black business owners, we reveal how tailored support can help bridge this gap.


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