The City’s B.U.I.L.D program supports small businesses one grant at a time
Through Broadening Urban Investments to the Leverage Dallas (B.U.I.L.D) Small Business Grant Program, 45 minority women-owned businesses in southern Dallas have been awarded one-time grants up to $3,000 each, according to DeNita Lacking-Quinn with the City of Dallas’ Office of Economic Development, Business & Workforce Inclusion.
The grants were approved by the B.U.I.L.D. Ecosystem and selected from 129 applicants last year. Qualifying business owners had less than nine employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $250,000. To receive funds, recipients had to complete three coaching sessions from an advisor selected from the B.U.I.L.D Ecosystem, a collaborative of more than 600 business service organizations the City supports.
Grants were available for technical training, business funding and guidance and mentorship, as well as rent, payroll, utilities and operating expenses.
One recipient, MilkSpace, LLC, says the company provides breastfeeding essentials and “has a special corporate social responsibility initiative to lessen breastfeeding disparities in disadvantaged and underserved Black Women,” according to the MilkSpace website.
“The Dallas B.U.I.L.D grant greatly enhanced MilkSpace, LLC’s ability to remain afloat through the pandemic,” says Kelli Mumphrey, company founder and CEO. “More importantly, the three required sessions with the coach to assist with the development of the Business Continuity Plan was just as valuable. I am grateful for the City of Dallas B.U.I.L.D Ecosystem recognizing the need to support small-owned businesses.”
The B.U.I.L.D Ecosystem partners with the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development, Redbird DEC and Dallas County business service organizations including Business & Community Leaders (BCL) of Texas, LIFT Fund, JPMG Chase, Dallas College, Women’s Business Council – Southwest, the Veterans Women’s Enterprise Center and many more. The B.U.I.L.D grant program provides 125 coaching hours – averaging 2.5 hours per recipient, with a possible 1.5 hours each over the following 90-120 days for those seeking additional guidance.
The Dallas B.U.I.L.D Ecosystem serves small businesses at www.DallasBUILD.org.
Here’s a complete list of B.U.I.L.D. Small Business Grant Award recipients:
7Sisters Gourmet Food Truck
Above And Beyond Cleaning Services J.H
Afrogenix braids salon
Aranell’s Place, LLC
ARC Home Restorations
Civility Institute LLC
COVINGTON’S CONSULTING & SERVICES, LLC
Design Haus 24
E Quality Corporation
Eagle Eye Associates
Griggs Safety Consultants LLC
Guiding Minds MInistries LLC
HoneyBee Apparel, LLC dba Bella Brides
King Creative Arts Expressions
Labelle Braiding & Beauty Supplies
Mosaic Matchmaking LLC
Naturally Isis, LLC
Seeds to STEM
SNS DISTRIBUTION LLC
UnKom Enterprises, LLC
New Beginners Preparatory Inc
Rischer Consulting LLC
Kershman Holdings DBA Snapshot Mediaworks
Tinnard Holdings, LLC
Trinity Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC
Ultimate Amusements Parts and Service
Yorktown Spanish School
Ndeye Hair Braiding
Paper for Water
North Texas Capacity Builders, Inc.
Tra-C s Vegan Sweets
meijays creole cooking
Salon Gil LLC
Family Health Plans of Texas