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BIPOC-Owned Businesses Selected for ASCEND Program

Five businesses were selected to receive grant funds and business support services.

ASCEND Grant Recipients Selected

The efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU were honored to be part of a recent award ceremony recognizing five BIPOC-owned businesses in Springfield, Missouri. The local small businesses were chosen as recipients for ASCEND, a new program aimed at increasing small business creation and growth among BIPOC business owners in downtown Springfield, Missouri. ASCEND, which stands for Advancing Springfield’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship, Networking & Diversity is led by the Downtown Springfield Association and U.S. Bank in partnership with the Multicultural Business Association, efactory, and Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU.

Each business was presented with a $5,000 grant during a ceremony at the efactory. Founders will also receive no-cost business consulting through the Missouri SBDC at MSU to assist with business planning, one year complimentary membership to the Downtown Springfield Association, one year complimentary membership to the Multicultural Business Association, and efactory offerings including office hours, mentorship, and day passes.

The five grant recipients are Eway Scooters LLC, owned by Marquez Williams; Jamaican Patty Co., owned by Du’Sean Howard; MD Hair Supplies & More LLC, owned by Marcie Davis; Mimi’s Soulfood LLC, owned by Tonisha and Octavius Manier; and Bell’s Marketing Consultant, owned by Jonathan Bell. Eway Scooters and Bell’s Marketing Consultant are private office members at the efactory.