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M&T Bank is looking for as many as 40 minority-owned small businesses to participate in its first Capital Region Multicultural Small Business Innovation Lab – a program designed to provide entrepreneurs of color with the guidance and skills they need to build strong businesses, spur Greater Harrisburg’s economy and help build generational wealth for their families.

The new six-week program, developing in partnership with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, will focus on business planning, establishing credit, accessing capital, marketing, branding and networking, and conclude with a pitch competition and opportunity to win grants up to $5,000 funded by M&T. The Innovation Lab launches May 5 with weekly courses held at Harrisburg University’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship through June 9.

Read more about this new initiative in an article in PennLive.

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) works to empower innovators to build successful ventures, including Harrisburg University students and faculty, as well as entrepreneurs in the community. In addition, CIE offers opportunities for partners to invest in important scientific discoveries, technological innovations and academic research.

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