Las Vegas Urban League Entrepreneurship Center, PepsiCo Foundation Team Up to Help Black-Owned Restaurants and Foodservice Businesses

The Las Vegas Urban League Entrepreneurship Center, in partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation, has launched the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program (BRAP) to address systemic barriers to growth, including access to loans and capital and biased community perceptions of Black businesses following the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with the National Urban League through its 12 Entrepreneurship Centers across the United States. In Nevada, BRAP will address these barriers by pairing Black businesses that qualify with Las Vegas Urban League Entrepreneurship Center advisors and PepsiCo employee volunteers to build actionable plans for growth.

Our objective is to help these Black-owned restaurants and foodservice businesses become profitable, nimble and thriving,” Executive Director Dino Browne of the LVUL Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, said. “We will provide business management education and grant monies to organizations in the Nevada market to help them position themselves strategically for success in coming years.”

Interested organizations should contact Dino Browne, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Urban League Entrepreneurship Center, by emailing dino.browne@lvul.org.

The Las Vegas Urban League is a 501c (3) program funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

The Las Vegas Urban League Administrative Office is located at 2480 N. Decatur Blvd., Suite 150, Las Vegas, NV 89108. Phone (702) 473-9400. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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