Multicultural Small Business Labs

Harrisburg, PA

A successful event was held at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology from May 10, 2023 – June 21, 2023.  We are looking forward to more upcoming labs in this area!

Innovation Lab Overview

The M&T Multicultural Innovation Lab celebrates and empowers local multicultural owned small businesses through education and a spirited competition. For the Harrisburg edition,  we will be partnering with Harrisburg University. The location for this 7-week program will be at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market Street
Harrusburg, PA 17101

Program Eligibility

Open to existing Multicultural small business owners and hopeful Multicultural small business owners in the planning/concept phase (e.g. Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American) – in accordance to local demographics.

  • Been in business less than 36 months
  • Average annual revenues of $350K or less

Schedule

  • 7-week course presented by M&T Bank professionals and community partners
  • Beginning May 10th, 2023
  • Course ends June 21th, 2023
  • In-Person Attendance
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings

Curriculum

  • Business Planning (1 session)
  • Credit Fundamentals (2 sessions)
  • Marketing & Branding (1 session)
  • Networking & Community Resources (1 session)
  • Business Valuation (1 session)

 

Pitch Competition

  • First Round: 2-minute video with written answers
  • Second Round: 5 finalists will conduct a 3-minute pitch with a 2-minute Q&A
  • Prizes:
    • 1st place - $6,000
    • 2nd place - $4,000
    • 3rd place - $2,000

2023 Harrisburg Multicultural Lab Winners

FIRST PLACE

Josue Osorto

Joe Mamaz Exotic Snackz LLC

SECOND PLACE

Corey Dupree

Corey Dupree Management and Consulting LLC

THIRD PLACE

Bre’Ana Blount

Bre’s Eats N Sweets