More than $86 million of Wisconsin’s federal stimulus funds will go to organizations that support small businesses owned by the state’s marginalized and underserved communities, Gov. Tony Evers announced in Milwaukee Monday.

Speaking at the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Evers noted the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate effects on communities and business owners who were already at a disadvantage. He said the money would “help ensure our small businesses, especially those who have been hardest hit, can thrive.”

“We have a unique opportunity in the state with federal funds to build a sort of future that is equitable, just and that works for everyone,” Evers said. “It would be a shame if we miss that opportunity.”

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