ATLANTIC CITY–Derek Brock has wanted to see the resort do more to assist the minority business community for more than a decade.
Now, he will be part of the solution.
Brock, owner of Mutual Taxi and Limousine, a historically Black-owned business in the resort, was named to the Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Board on Wednesday, Sept. 6. and already has ideas on how to improve the business climate.
“I’ve always dreamed of being able to spur business development in Atlantic City,” said Brock. “I’m just really excited.”
Brock was recommended for the board by Atlantic City Councilman-at-large Bruce Weekes. Mayor Marty Small, Sr. approved.
“It’s important that we work together,” Brock said.
Small and Weekes have teamed up to host the ‘How to Do Business with the Great City of Atlantic City’ seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 21, in City Council chambers. Although Brock was not directly involved in the planning, these are the types of initiatives he has talked about wanting to see for years.
Small has said his administration has allocated $1 million for minority businesses, and the city has received an $800,000 grant to be used for a microloan program. The seminar on how to do business with the municipality covers everything from understanding the Request for Proposal, RFP, process to obtaining necessary documentation.
“It couldn’t be a better time,” Brock said. “Atlantic City has never reached its full potential in terms of business so the opportunities are vast.”
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