Small businesses on the southeast side aren’t getting same resources as other parts of town. Huntington National Bank has partnered with the city to create a $500,000 Entrepreneur in Residence program that will target minority-owned businesses.
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When the U.S. economy came to a screeching halt back in March due to the Covid-19 shutdown, it left many small businesses in a tough spot. Many had to close their doors with no idea when or if they would reopen.
Waverly Willis recently took out a tape measure at his home. The black entrepreneur, who owns two Urban Kutz barbershop locations in Cudell and Old Brooklyn, wasn’t trying to measure his mangy hair or beard which he let grow during the Covid-19 shutdown; rather, he was trying to size up the stack of unpaid bills on his desk.