Two Roanoke entrepreneurs aim to elevate minority-owned businesses as new advisers

ROANOKE, Va. – Two Roanoke entrepreneurs are taking on new roles to help advise other small business owners and the importance of advocacy is front and center for these new hires.

Kat Pascal and Macklyn Mosley are Roanoke’s newest Diversified Regional Advisors with Small Business Development Centers.

Mosley will help local minority entrepreneurs while Pascal assists Latino business owners. The roles are a historic first for Roanoke.

“I have the opportunity to be a face like them,” Mosley said. “To be able to say hello, we are here for you. Roanoke is here for you. We also want to help you grow your business because you’re part of Roanoke. »

There are more than 780,000 small businesses in Virginia, but only 25% of them belong to “racial minorities”, according to the United States Small Business Administration.

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With Latinos facing a language barrier, Pascal’s bilingual skills can help bridge the gap.

“I speak Spanish. So being able to communicate with my Hispanic community in our language, I think continues to build that trust and build excitement in their business,” Pascal said.

As a graphic designer, Mosley said he’s ready to offer free help to any entrepreneur on his doorstep.

“I’m here wearing normal clothes,” he said. “I’ll meet you where you are.”

As the owner of two burger restaurants, Pascal is ready to encourage others to reach their full potential.

“I love sharing my stories,” she said. “Why? Because I want people to connect with me and feel like I’m at the level that they can just say hello or hola.

If you want to seek help from advisors, you can visit the Roanoke Regional SBDC website.

There you can take a survey to help you find the best advisor. If you specifically want Mosley or Pascal, you can indicate that on the questionnaire.

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