The head of the Urban League of Greater Madison says “help is on the way” for minority entrepreneurs now that construction has begun on the Black Business Hub.

“We have to take some risks, because we know that it is time that significant investments be made with Black and brown people here in south Madison,” Urban League President and CEO Ruben Anthony said Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility. “It’s time for us to bet on Black and brown businesses.”

He said the League has raised $17.5 million of its $25 million fundraising goal for the 76,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in spring 2023.

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