Santander Bank recognizes the struggles that many Small Businesses have faced during this pandemic. A lot has changed this past year but one thing has not- the resilient spirit of small business owners. Therefore, on October 16th, in celebration of National Women’s Small Business month, Santander is partnering with the New England Revolution to spotlight twelve women-owned small businesses from Santander’s Cultivate Small Business program at Gillette Stadium during the New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire FC match.
Come join us in celebrating these women-owned businesses starting with the Santander Cultivate Small Business farmers market in the Revolution Fan Zone at Gillette Stadium from 4-7pm on Saturday, October 16. The day will be filled with food, fun, and recognizing these amazing women-owned businesses who have made a real impact on the communities they serve. Learn more about Santander’s Cultivate Small Business Program and the amazing women-owned businesses we will be spotlighting below:
Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business program helps early-stage underserved entrepreneurs, especially Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and immigrant business owners, working to build and sustain food-related businesses in diverse neighborhoods. Created in collaboration with Babson College, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and CommonWealth Kitchen, Cultivate provides four months of classroom industry-specific education, resources, and professional networks to provide the entrepreneurs with the key ingredients for success in their business. In 2021, Cultivate Small Business expanded to include businesses from both Greater Boston and New Jersey. To date, over 180 entrepreneurs have participated in the program, of which 90% identify as women-owned, BIPOC, or from low- to moderate-income communities. Santander Bank has committed over $600,000 in capital grant funding and over 100 bank employees have provided over 800 hours of technical assistance to participating businesses.