Supporting diverse businesses

Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer 25 minority businesses one year of free Chamber membership. The goal of the program is to assist the growth and development of minority and women-owned businesses and to encourage diverse businesses to become active members of the Winston-Salem Chamber and the local business community.

“Through the Minority Business Scholarship program, we are reaching out to engage diverse businesses in the Chamber of Commerce. Wake Forest’s sponsorship allows us to offer membership and personalized assistance to businesses that might not otherwise be able to participate,” said Gayle Anderson, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

“The Minority Business Scholarship program is an excellent opportunity for Wake Forest to support the growth and development of small and diverse businesses, which are vital to the strength of our local and regional economy. We are delighted to partner with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce in this endeavor,” said Hof Milam, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wake Forest.

Applications may be found on the Chamber’s website at www.winstonsalem.com/minorityscholarship.aspx. Interested businesses must complete and return an application by August 15, 2011.

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