Business and Workforce Development Workgroup

Business & Workforce Development Workgroup

As one of the fastest-growing corridors in the Metro Region, the SW Corridor expects several investments in major infrastructure, housing and transportation projects. Such projects are usually associated with displacement risks for residents and small businesses that cannot cope up with the rising rents and living expenses.


In September 2021, the Southwest Equity Coalition launched the Business and Workforce Development Workgroup to identify the compelling needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners, especially those led or managed by BIPOC, immigrants, refugees or low-income households in the SW Corridor. The Workgroup then coordinates with government and corporate partners to secure resources and technical assistance to fulfil those needs.


Workgroup Goals

  • Develop an extensive inventory of small businesses along the SW Corridor.
  • Identify resources to support small BIPOC-owned businesses.
  • Provide technical assistance and resource navigation to business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Leverage existing and future funding opportunities to support small businesses and residents in the area.


Get Involved

If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner in the SW Corridor, you can get involved in our work to explore opportunities on how to avoid involuntary displacement.

Workgroup Lead Organizations

Workgroup Members