Multicultural Small Business Lab & Pitch Competition
At M&T Bank, we believe multicultural small businesses are an integral part of our communities. We are committed to the growth, future and empowerment of these businesses and provide information, tools, resources, and connections to accelerate their efforts.
The M&T Bank Multicultural Small Business Lab is an intensive, weeks-long program designed to develop racially and ethnically diverse owners of businesses. The Lab promotes business and financial inclusion through empowerment, providing owners with much-needed access to information, tools, resources, and connections they need to grow and thrive. Participants are presented with tools and opportunities to increase their visibility, accelerate their business, and achieve success.
Creating a Business Plan
Learn what it takes to create an effective business plan through discussion on setting goals, knowing your industry, what finances you have in place, and much more!
All About Credit
Do you need to understand more about credit and how it can affect your business? With M&T small business multicultural lab, we will dive into the importance of credit, accessing capital and how you package your credit application.
Marketing & Branding
Learn how to make your business stand-out among the competition through an in-depth discussion on branding and marketing so you can be prepared to get the word out on your diverse business.
You have everything that you need to scale and grow your business, but your business needs funding. As part of the series, we will provide you tips and tricks when presenting to potential investors. Learn how to present with ease and how to make your business plan shine.
To learn more about the competition, please visit your local area's terms & conditions.
Will you be coming to my area?
We are continually looking at new areas to have our next Multicultural Small Business Lab. Keep checking back for new locations.
Do I need to be the owner of the business to apply?
Yes, you must be the principal owner of the business and reside within the program area.
Do I need to be a resident of the community that the program is in to participate?
Yes, you must be a resident of the program area and the principal owner. Please refer to the specific terms and conditions on your local registration page. View current locations here.
How do I register?
Visit your location page where all details are provided. If interested, you can register on your location page. View current locations here.
Will everyone get a cash prize?
No, only a select few participants will win a cash prize after a two-phased judging competition. To learn more, please visit your specific locations terms & conditions.
Hear from past participants
“ ‘Ideas meet opportunity’. So glad M&T (& Harrisburg University) saw fit to choose Harrisburg as the 2nd stop for their Multicultural Small Business Lab. Harrisburg is a tough place for minority business startups. But, with a little help, guidance, and access to resources….anything is possible. Can’t wait to make my pitch for my business during week 6!”
Urban Links Unlimited, LLC.
“A business plan is like a map that allows you to see where you’re going and what all to expect along the journey.”
The Real Dai, LLC.
“I was so happy to see how excited everyone is to be a part of such an amazing opportunity. The staff was extremely welcoming and informative. What stood out the most was the number of successful business owners that are attending. They understood that there is always room for growth even as a successor.”