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.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has unveiled new goals for the number of minorities and women who must be involved with the agency’s big construction projects.
The agency plans to set higher thresholds for the number of minorities and women doing the actual construction work on projects. MSD has also added workforce goals for local residents and those enrolled in apprentice programs.
The changes, which are outlined below, followed two years of work. They're based on a study by the national firm Mason Tillman.