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April 2, 2020: Updates from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

In 2020, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee continues to focus on access – to capital, contracts, and contacts – for women and minorities in the South Bend – Elkhart region. HustleSBE, a regionally-based business bootcamp for women and minority business owners, graduated its first cohort, and applications have opened for the second cohort, HustleSBE Sprint…

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HustleSBE Sprint Applications Now Open!

HustleSBE Sprint Applications Now Open! Earlier this month, we celebrated the graduation of Hustle SBE’s first Cohort! Now, we are excited to report that we are kicking off another round of training for minority and women business owners in the South Bend – Elkhart Region with our HustleSBE Sprint program! Website Link: bit.ly/hustlesbe Quick Facts:…

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Minority-Owned Business Profile: Mishawaka’s Sanaa Chocolates

When Yvonne Kasimbi had her first taste of chocolate as a five-year-old in Kenya, it was the beginning of a life-long love affair. Now, as owner of Sanaa Chocolate, Yvonne’s goal is to give everyone a taste of love that melts in your mouth. Her passion turned into a career in 2017, when she met…

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Scientific Methods Awarded SBIR Phase I Grant from Environmental Protection Agency

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2020) — Scientific Methods has announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a simple, field-deployable kit for detecting antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater. Companies across the country compete for Phase I awards of up to $100,000 by submitting research that…

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The Economic Strength of the South Bend – Elkhart Region is Supported in 2019 Wages & Benefits Report

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (November 13, 2019) — In a survey of employers in the South Bend – Elkhart Region, the regional economic development organization found more than 80 percent of participants added workers in the last six months, with 63 percent already planning further employment growth in 2020. This is a slight decrease from 85…

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