- June 11, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Throughout the pandemic, 66 percent of minority-owned small businesses risked permanent closure in the U.S. For the next five years, Wilmington’s Independence Mall and its parent company, Brookfield Properties hope to jumpstart those businesses through their Partner to Empower program.
“Diversity is not only good for our shopping centers, but it’s good for communities,” said Brookfield Properties Regional VP, Michelle Isabell. “You know, the world is changing everyday. And diversity in our communities only helps to be more successful.”
The program provides two important resources to minority-owned businesses: funding and training. The program has 25 million dollars ready to help businesses expand in Independence Mall and other locations. It will also offer a workshop with experts in almost every business field.
“We want them to be with us for years and years. So giving them the knowledge…