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Justin Streuli is NC Minority Business Advocate of the Year

Photo of Justin Streuli.Justin Streuli, director of UNCG’s NC Entrepreneurship Center, was recognized as the 2016 NC Minority Business Advocate of the Year. The award was presented by the Small Business Administration NC District Office in conjunction with The Support Center in honor of National Small Business Week.

One of the main programs that was highlighted with the award was the entrepreneurship center’s Micro-enterprise for Refugees in the Triad (MERIT) program, which is a partnership with the African Services Coalition, the Center for New North Carolinians and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. MERIT puts immigrant refugees in the Triad and beyond through a business plan workshop, helping them fine-tune their business idea into an actionable plan.

Once approved, these refugees are given a low-interest loan to help them start their business as well as build credit to become more easily acclimated into the North Carolina small business community. About 60 refugees have been through the program so far.

Streuli is a UNCG alumnus, earning his MBA degree in 2011.