Madison-area organizations supporting entrepreneurs of color got a major boost Monday when Gov. Tony Evers announced $86 million in grants to expand such efforts across the state.

Of the $57.6 million in pandemic relief funds awarded to two dozen chambers of commerce and nonprofits through the Diverse Business Assistance Grant Program, $8 million went to organizations based in Dane County.

The Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce received $3.4 million, the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce received $3.6 million and the capacity-building nonprofit Collaboration for Good received just under $1 million. The Madison-based nonprofit Center for Community Stewardship received just over $1 million on behalf of Rock County Jumpstart, for which the nonprofit serves as a fiscal sponsor. Organizations can use the funds to support entrepreneurs with everything from mentoring and marketing to networking and technology.

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