Minority Business Resource Guide & Directory:
Since the mid-1990’s, Commerce Lexington Inc. and its predecessor, the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, along with its many partners through the community, have championed the efforts of minority-owned businesses. The programs provided by Commerce Lexington’s Community and Minority Business Development division continue to exceed expectations by offering a level of service that is unmatched in many communities.
Minority- and women-owned businesses are important segments of our region’s successful economy. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, they out-pace other businesses in terms of growth, while participating in a wide variety of industries.
Commerce Lexington’s Community & Minority Business Development (CMBD) program works to promote and sustain the economic growth, development and self-sufficiency of ethnic minority-owned business owners and entrepreneurs. Minority businesses are offered strategic and business planning, procurement assistance, access to lending tools, and the expertise of a full complement of economic professionals.
For many years, large companies and organizations expressed that they had difficulty finding quality minority- and women-owned businesses, so Commerce Lexington began publishing a Minority Business Resource Guide & Directory in 2007.