We exist to support and strengthen African communities and businesses in Minnesota through capacity building and collaboration, thereby reducing the disparity between African immigrants and the rest of Minnesotans.
Develop as well as strengthen the skills, abilities and processes of small businesses, non-profit organizations, social organizations and individuals, to respond, thrive and adapt effectively in crisis situations.
2021 Success: Supported new immigrant business owners with technical assistance in Dakota County, MN
Gain funding from the state which will enable MAC and other partner organizations to assist and position disadvantaged businesses and organizations with financial resources to establishing business entities, pay for certification, pay for training and development to establish business growth, pay for staff/contractors to support businesses.
2021 Success: Worked with State officials to help realign grant funding criteria to ensure Immigrant small business owners can get access to funding.
Identify and address issues to help BIPOC business owners, nonprofits social organizations and individuals/families to get back on their feet. Representing all needs of the community to leaders within the state offices and legislators’ office. Be a catalyst to state agencies to bring the community's needs to life providing resources, funding and services to African communities and businesses.
2021 Success: Helped to engage immigrant community and youth within Dakota County to get the Covid-19 Vaccine.
Created Covid-19 Taskforce to help fight Covid-19 pandemic and prepare the community for post-pandemic recovery.
Future work ahead...
Creating the Africa Resource Center (ARC), which will address the particular issues affecting African immigrants in Minnesota; paving the way to achieving our American dream.