Stark County Minority Business Association, Huntington Bank partner

CANTON – Small business owners can gain insight about growing their operation in a program offered by the Stark County Minority Business Association and Huntington Bank.

The initial Small Business Seeds of Growth Event is set for June 22 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Nash Family Event & Conference Center.

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The event will give small business owners a chance to learn about financing and programs available to help them get started, said Leonard Stevens the Minority Business Association’s chief executive officer. They also will hear from community groups and other small business owners.

The association is working with the Lift Local Business program developed by Huntington. Lift supports small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans from startup through expansion. Participants can receive loans, business planning support, free financial education courses, and other services.

Huntington has committed $100 million to help small businesses through the Lift program. So far, the bank has used about $36.5 million since the program began in October 2020.

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