The city of Tuscaloosa wants to help minority businesses learn how to compete for city contracts.
The West Alabama Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum with the Minority Business Council, Mayor Walt Maddox and members of the city's business development team.
The Minority Business Council wants more businesses to understand the process of winning contracts to do projects with the city.
The council's chairwoman says a lack of communication is the biggest thing holding some minority businesses back.
"If you go to the city and ask a question, 'Oh yeah we have a program for that, we have loans for that.' But nobody knows about it. And it's only when its over and they announced who got it that you find out about it. So I think that's what we've got to work on, the communication," Michele Coley said.
Maddox suggested some minority business owners come to pre-council and council committee meetings to see what the process is to compete for city contracts.
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