Minority Business Connect

Minority Business Connect is an initiative of the Spartanburg County Foundation in partnership with Spartanburg County Government to meet an identified need in the community to support minority business owners with an opportunity to build social capital, learn about resources available to them in the community, and network with other business owners to build economic mobility across Spartanburg County.

What Minority Business Connect?

The Minority Business Connect Initiative has three pillars of its work: LEARN. SHARE. CONNECT. Each session focuses on one of these three pillars. Learning opportunities help business owners expand their knowledge of effective business practices to build their capacity and long-term success. Sharing through panel discussions and facilitated discussion provides business owners a safe space for digging in to challenges and solutions as well as bright spots and highlights of what is working and what is not. Sharing enables participants engage positively within a network of local support and knowledge sharing. Connecting through networking events helps build the overall ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs seeking to establish, build, and share their role in shaping the economic future – for themselves and the entire community.


Participants meet throughout the year at the Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy or other local venues.

There is no membership fee to participate in Minority Business Connect Events.

Participants are welcome to bring guests.

Participants to do not have to own a business. While most do, this initiative also helps incubate ideas, letting potential business owners network with more seasoned professionals while determining the best next step to reach their goal.

  • Support small and minority-owned businesses.
  • Provide learning opportunities to expand the capacity of business owners.
  • Provide a safe space for business owners to share their wins and challenges to learn from one another.
  • Provide networking opportunities for business owners.
  • Strengthen the ecosystem of support for business owners across Spartanburg County.
  • Contribute to the grown of economic mobility across Spartanburg County.

Join the mailing list

To learn about upcoming Minority Business Connect events, please join the mailing list and watch the Foundation’s social media.

Minority Business Connect FAQs

Is there a cost to attend meetings?
What if I don’t yet own a business?
Is this initiative designed to support any one minority group?
How do I sign up for meetings?