Special to The Dallas Examiner
The City of Dallas collaborated with over 200 business service organizations to form a first, Dallas county-wide small business ecosystem called Broaden Urban Investments to Leverage Dallas – or B.U.I.L.D. – with a strong focus on small to medium, women and minority-owned businesses.
B.U.I.L.D will unify the wealth of resources and initiatives across Dallas county to provide a centralized resource for small businesses at every stage of the business-cycle. From entrepreneurs in the idea phase, to early stage businesses, to businesses that seek to grow and scale, small businesses throughout Dallas County can count on initiative to reliably access technical training, business funding, gain capacity building guidance, mentorship, and valuable resources.
“Minority and women-owned small business deserve access to opportunity, and I am happy that we can work with more than 200 businesses to make that happen,” said City Manager, T.C. Broadnax. “This ecosystem will be a valuable asset in our dedication and service to help create a better experience for our small business owners”
Small business owners often experience confusion navigating the dizzying array of business resources available due to the lack of framework and organization around those resources. For women-owned and minority-owned businesses, the barriers to accessible resources can be further compounded.
“This is the first time we have developed a collaborative effort for 200 business service organizations to help create a resource like this that will directly impact small businesses in Dallas. We have been working for over a year on this project and are so proud to see the launch of this website resource.” Zarin Gracey, director of the City of Dallas Office of Business Diversity.
The program’s website, http://www.dallas.ecomap.tech, will provide a user-friendly, reliable, and updated centralized resource to help small businesses understand the abundance of resources available to them and help identify those that fit their unique needs. The ecosystem organizations are also working together to promote seamlessness and continuity of resources as businesses’ needs evolve and grow.
“Small business owners need assistance navigating the business resources available to us,” said Braylon Lester owner of 3DL Construction Management. “We need hard money, soft money and relationships with CDFI’s I have to lot to build on and grateful for the help.”
The B.U.I.L.D. Ecosystem was developed in partnership with various Dallas County organizations and spearheaded by workgroup leaders Michelle Williams of Redbird Dec, Benjamin Vann of Impact Ventures and Brian K. Marshal of BCL of Texas, as well as DeNita Lacking-Quinn, representing the Office of Business Diversity.