The Department of Commerce is giving nearly $1 million to promote minority business enterprises, or MBEs, in the St. Louis region.
The $900,000 grant announced Tuesday will establish a business center to provide minority entrepreneurs and business owners with contract and financing opportunities, bonding services and executive training.
A local union is protesting a sub-contractor working on St. Louis’ new police headquarters. Local 1 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers opposes Thomas Ruzicka who has been convicted of embezzling more than $100,000 from former employees.
The union's business manager Frank Jacobs says Ruzicka is a license holder for R E Contracting that is handling about $1.2 million worth of electrical work for the downtown building.