The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) joined the US Black Chambers, Inc. and Regeneration LLC to host a free webinar on “Removing Barriers for Under-Serviced Communities: A Conversation with the US Black Chambers, Inc.”

This webinar equipped entrepreneurs who are persons of color with resources to survive and thrive during the current global health and economic crisis. Attendees learned how they can promote a culture that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion for all businesses in Michigan. The webinar also inspired action to remove barriers hindering businesses in under-serviced and under-resourced areas/populations from equitable access to capital.

The free webinar was held on February 2nd at 11:30 AM and featured a one-hour conversation between Michigan SBDC Regional Director Beth Roszatycki, Regeneration LLC Principal Dr. Pam Pugh, and Ron Busby, Sr. of the US Black Chambers, Inc.

“Small businesses are critical to the success of Michigan and our regional main streets,” said Beth Roszatycki, Michigan SBDC Northeast & Great Lakes Bay Regional Director. “Our shared vision includes strategies that will advocate, enable, and empower business owners of color to build sustainable, innovative companies while equipping them with the skills to help their business continue to grow and prosper. It is critical that we are inclusive in our work to support all businesses and share resources widely.”

“We are excited to partner with the Michigan SBDC to provide insight into national and local policy initiatives that support black business owners,” said Ron Busby, President & CEO of US Black Chambers, Inc.

“The health of our communities are tied to the strength and survival of our small businesses,” added Dr. Pam Pugh, Owner of Regeneration LLC. “By partnering with Regeneration LLC and US Black Chambers, Inc. the Michigan SBDC is demonstrating their commitment to businesses typically under-serviced and under-resourced.”

Small businesses, economic developers, and entrepreneurial support organizations are encouraged to watch the recording of this free webinar at this link.

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About the Michigan SBDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides consulting, business education, market research, and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties. Michigan SBDC services are available through the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest Michigan SBDC by visiting

About Ron Busby

Guest speaker Ron Busby has dedicated himself to the empowerment of the Black community and is a former successful business owner who has been recognized as one of the nation’s best CEOs. Currently, Busby serves as the President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC). Busby is also on the Pfizer Small Business Council, National Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation Board of Directors, and White House African American Leadership Council. He has also formerly served on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Council on Underserved Communities. Learn more at

About Regeneration LLC

Regeneration LLC is a woman-owned business that serves as a catalyst for economically sustainable and healthy urban communities by assisting public agencies, organizations, and businesses. Regeneration LLC has teamed up with the Michigan SBDC to create, implement, and deploy services to our urban communities, creating a peer-to-peer network for black- and brown-owned businesses that foster job creation, job growth, and improves capital formation for businesses. Learn more at

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