Business Owners of Color in Wisconsin: Strategies for Growth

Join us for a virtual webinar as we discuss strategies for growth in business ownership in Wisconsin, with Tessa Conroy and Matt Kures.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CST)

Business owners of color face challenges due to access to capital, sectoral distribution, physical location, as well as the size and maturity of their businesses, among other factors.  Research suggests that business owners of color can be supported through strategies that address funding and financing, supply chain diversification, as well as education and mentorship. These strategies are among those discussed in a new report “Business Owners of Color in Wisconsin: Strategies to Strengthen Businesses and the Economy”. Join us to learn more about strategies for growth for business owners of color in Wisconsin. This event is virtual and free to the public.

Our Presenter

Tessa Conroy

Dr. Tessa Conroy is an Associate Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics and Economic Development Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies regional economic development with a commitment to developing practical and actionable knowledge for communities in Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. Dr. Conroy’s research focuses on small business dynamics as a key component of local economic growth, including the factors that drive entrepreneurship and business survival.

Matt Kures

Matt Kures is a Distinguished Community Development Specialist with the Division of Extension’s Community Development Institute. Matt works in partnership with Extension’s statewide network of resources to assist communities and organizations in the areas of regional economic analysis, labor force research, socio-economic impact analysis and industry sector competitiveness.

This webinar was made possible, in part, by federal award number SLFRP0135 awarded to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension via the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Department of Administration a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and is being supported, in part, through the Economic Development Administration University Center at the Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

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