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Small Business Center

Building Resilient Communities Through Entrepreneurship

October 24, 2023

“We understand the transformative potential of supporting local and empowering minority and women-owned product-based businesses,” said 37 Oaks founder and CEO Terrand Smith. The Chicago-based learning laboratory equips entrepreneurs and small business owners with hands-on experience in areas like merchandising, promotions and data analysis to enhance their confidence and knowledge. In the second episode of the Main Street Business Insights podcast, host Matt Wagner talks with Smith about how her background as a national retail buyer inspired her to bridge the gaps in retail, distribution and commerce acumen and about her tips for minority entrepreneurs just starting out.

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By Rebecca Meiser

Contributor, Commerce + Communities Today and Small Business Center

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