Someone asked me recently if I could provide a list of minority-owned businesses in Sioux Falls.
It’s not a simple task. I’m not even sure it’s an achievable one. The U.S. Small Business Administration has some information. So does the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce probably could help.
But there’s no definitive source I can find.
In my mind, though, I started making a list.
The first businesses I thought of, probably not surprisingly, were restaurants. Because we associate their cuisine with their owners’ ethnicity, it’s a natural connection to make. And the restaurant industry itself has proven to be a successful fit for many business owners in Sioux Falls.
But let’s consider this.
The 2010 U.S. Census found Hispanics are 4.4 percent of the Sioux Falls population. African Americans represent 4 percent, too. Asian Americans are 2 percent of our population. There are some fantastic dining options in the city owned by members of these cultures.
But our population also is almost 3 percent Native American, and when’s the last time you sampled any cuisine from that culture?
Sean Sherman wants to change that.