Minority-owned businesses find help at new center – U

There’s a new San Diego center where minority business owners can find help in securing lucrative contracts from big corporations like Disney and SDGE.

The San Diego Regional Minority Supplier Development Council is holding a grand opening this week of its Minority Entrepreneur Supplier Development Center, which includes shared office space for some of the businesses it serves.

A grand opening celebration will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 10679 Westview Parkway, San Diego CA 92126. About half of the 12,500 square-foot facility is office space for small, minority-owned businesses. Complete with 21 offices and workspaces, meeting and training facilities, copy center and storage rooms, the center will provide 24-hour support and resources.

“This center offers all the tools and resources necessary for minority business entrepreneurs to concentrate on growing their business capacity while establishing best practices,” said Ron Garnett, president and CEO of the council. “It’s a home base where ideas, knowledge and support can be freely exchanged to create synergy in the minority business community.”

So far, six businesses have moved in to the shared office space. Their monthly payments of between $385 and $1,400 will support the supplier council’s work, Garnett said.

The center will conduct regular training sessions presented by experts from major buying corporations, minority business enterprises and industry leaders, as well as information sessions for those interested in learning about minority supplier development. Center services are funded by donations from San Diego-based minority businesses and gifts from major corporations.