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Author Archives: Elisa Pluhar

As Ty Barnett and Shannon Forney watched the Green Line LRT being built, the actualization of a dream began. With over 20 years of expertise both managing and operating independent coffee shops, Ty always dreamed of having her own coffee bar. Shannon, an arts administrator with a M.A. in Non-Profit Administration, had just received herRead More

As a solutions-oriented person, Phillip writes the following on what can be done to help change the problem discussed in our recent blog post. Read that post first, if you haven’t yet. He writes: “In my opinion, one way to help reverse this gap is to increase the number of small, midsize and large successful AfricanRead More

With years of exceptional customer service skills on his resume, and a passion for helping people with special needs, Mustafa Wake decided to open his own business, Safe Tree Transportation. Mustafa emigrated to the USA in 1999, attended high school at Southwest High School in Minneapolis and obtained an Associate’s Degree from Normandale Community College.Read More

NDC Staff member Phillip Porter recently reflected on the Star Tribune article reporting that Black household income has plunged in Minnesota. This report states that the one-year drop puts Minnesota behind Mississippi for median Black household earnings. Phillip, who grew up in Kansas City but moved to Minnesota in 1978 is a NDC Loan Officer andRead More

Looking to grow your business? Need small business financing? Not sure where to start? This workshop will connect your small business with financial resources and organizations to help navigate the capital acquisition process. Hear from non-profits and small business lenders who are passionate about supporting small business growth and expansion. Event Details Minneapolis Urban LeagueRead More