Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s grant award of $264,000 to the College of Southern Nevada to fund the expansion and continuation of the successful Nevada Grow program. This program, funded originally as a pilot by the State of Nevada and the Nevada System of Higher Education, has successfully mentored small business owners and entrepreneurs from minority communities since 2017. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen as well as Representatives Horsford and Lee sent a letter of support for the $264,000 grant to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“The Nevada Grow program, in partnership with the College of Southern Nevada, has mentored many Nevadans from underserved communities on their way to becoming successful small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Senator Cortez Masto. The College of Southern Nevada serves one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, and this funding will enable their minority business development program to help even more Nevadans achieve their dreams of small business ownership.”
“I applaud the U.S. Department of Commerce for awarding this important grant to Nevada that will provide our minority-owned small business community with the resources they need to grow their enterprises,” said Senator Rosen. “The Nevada Grow program at the College of Southern Nevada has helped countless businesses succeed and this grant will allow for more to obtain the assistance they need. As a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, I will continue to work tirelessly to provide Nevada small businesses the critical resources they need.”
“All Nevadans deserve the opportunity to pursue their educational and business dreams. With this grant to the College of Southern Nevada to continue the work of the Nevada Grow Program, more Nevadans from underserved communities will have access to the mentorship and advancement opportunities necessary to become successful business owners,” Congressman Horsford said.
“Especially when our state budget is facing harsh cuts because of the pandemic, federal grants like these are vital to guarantee quality services for every Nevadan,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I’m proud to have worked with Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen and Congressman Horsford to secure this vital $264,000 grant for a Minority Business Development Center at the College of Southern Nevada. I’ll continue to work day and night to ensure our state has the support it needs from our federal government.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Business Center Grant program distributes funds for special projects and programs aligned with the MBDA’s strategic plans and mission goals to service minority business enterprises.