Minority business owners supporting minority business owners: Check out John Yi, entrepreneur and patron of the community.
John Yi is an inspiring small business owner who not only runs a successful donut shop but also works as a project coordinator for the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). The CNPP was established by the Small Business Association to provide government-funded resources for minority small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
John’s involvement in the CNPP came about through his work with the Korean Association of Fort Worth, where he had been employed for over two years. His desire to help underserved small business owners, inspired by his own past experiences, led him to join the CNPP through the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC).
As a small business owner himself, John understands the challenges that come with starting and running a business. He recognizes the importance of having access to resources and tools that can help sharpen business skills and open doors for success. Through his participation in the CNPP, John has been able to refer clients to various resources, including loans, grants, and other forms of support. He has also referred clients to Universal Processing, a company that provides payment processing, POS, and marketing solutions to small businesses.
While speaking on the USPAACC’s podcast ‘Navigating Business,’ John said, “That’s the reason why I wanted to join the [program], is to help all the underserved people, because I was underserved too, at one point, and without any direction, we don't know where to go. So me jumping in and getting inside information to help any small business that's underserved it's 100% go for me.”
John's involvement in the CNPP is not only a testament to his commitment to helping others but also to the program's effectiveness in supporting minority small business owners. The CNPP provides a much-needed lifeline for underserved entrepreneurs who may not have access to the same resources and opportunities as their counterparts
John Yi's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of community and support, especially during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to navigate the aftermath of the pandemic, it's crucial to recognize and support programs like the CNPP that help underserved small business owners achieve their goals and succeed.
Want to hear more of John’s story? Find the whole podcast here: https://cnpp.uspaacc.com/podcasts/navigating-business-what-is-a-business-advocate
To learn more about the CNPP, visit our site: https://www.uprocessing.com/community-navigator