Success of young Entrepreneurs and Growing businesses Owned by African Immigrants and Refugees

The African Development Center (ADC) proudly announces the recipients of its 2016 Business Awards at a luncheon at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. ADC is a leader in micro lending to entrepreneurs and growing small business. Our work in financial literacy, business development and homeownership counseling focuses on Minnesota’s African community. With the help of dedicated full time employees, consultants, Executive and Finance and Board of Directors, ADC provides services in 6 languages to communities throughout Minnesota.

ADC is dedicated to the economic empowerment and success of African immigrants. Minnesota is home to over one-hundred thousand African immigrants, many of whom face language, cultural, and religious barriers. ADC actively works to reduce these barriers and create a path for African immigrants to achieve financial success. Since 2004, ADC has provided nearly $7 million in business finance, trained and counseled thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses owned by African immigrants and refugees and trained and counseled almost 3,000 families in financial literacy and homeownership.

Speakers at ADC 2016 awards ceremony include Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, Minnesota Department of Economic and Development since April 2016 and Mr. Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, Inc. a general contractor company based in Fridley, Minnesota with a 3-year average of approximately $110 million, making it the state’s largest African American owned business/employer.

The 2016 awardees represent the range of ADC business clients:

ADC Small business of the year – KATAR RIVER RESTAURANT AND BAKERY, LLC, Minneapolis:

Began in 2007 as business idea in an ADC class, this woman owned business has a restaurant and now provides wholesale ethnic foods and breads to grocery stores all over Minnesota that cater to African tastes.

ADC Employer of the year – FAMILY CARE TRANSPIRATION, LLC, Minneapolis:

Started in 2006, this business has more than 12 employees and more than 250 drivers providing non-emergency medical transportation in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Faribault , Mankato, and Willmar.

ADC Young Entrepreneurs of the year:


A start-up retail venture of a 25-year old couple, this business targets a growing African population in Northern Twin Cities suburbs providing hard-to-find products and braiding weaving services.


A start-up retail grocery store of a 25-year old young man, targets a growing African population in Willmar.


In 2012 a former ADC loan officer and community organizer started a business to provide personal care services to the elderly and disabled. With more than $3 million in revenues and 250 clients statewide – this service provider works with a variety of healthcare providers such as BlueCross BlueShield and offers language and culturally proficient care professionals to a diverse clientele bridging the African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic and African communities.

Hussein Samatar Community Service Award – LEGALCorps, Minneapolis
Commemorating ADC’s founder and former Executive Director, Hussein Samatar, who lost his battle with Leukemia at age 45 in 2013, we recognized an organization without whose support, the African business community would be hampered.

A nonprofit legal servises corporation providing clinics and probono support to businesses and non-profits in Minnesota.

The awards Luncheon was sponsored by: