The Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana (SAC) asked RTS to examine the challenges facing minority entrepreneurs and businesses in the Shreveport region of Louisiana and to design a response to address those challenges. RTS conducted extensive on-the-ground interviews and focus groups with business owners and community leaders to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing minority-owned businesses. RTS used to information to design the startup strategy and innovative operating plan for the private sector driven and private sector focused Minority Supplier Institute.