SchnucksSpringboard: Bridging Diversity and Growth with Schnucks Markets’ New Business Accelerator Program

Schnuck Markets introduces initiative to support diverse-owned businesses

Schnuck Markets, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of their new business accelerator program, SchnucksSpringboard. This program is designed to support diverse-owned businesses by providing education, resources, and access to local opportunities.

The program is a partnership with the non-profit Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council and offers a range of benefits for business owners interested in applying. These include the opportunity to conduct in-store product trials at select Schnucks stores, receive $5,000 of equity-free funding, and participate in business development classes at Schnucks’ headquarters in St. Louis.

Schnucks has been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion since its founding in St. Louis in 1939. In 2020, they launched their Unity Is Power plan which focused on community support for organizations promoting racial equity. For their efforts, Schnucks was honored with the Civic Leadership Award by ULSTL and recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek in 2024.

As a family-owned grocery retailer with 115 stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and nearly 12,000 employees, Schnucks is known for its dedication to the community. According to Forbes’ 2023 rankings, they are the 14th largest privately-owned grocer in the U.S., annually donating over $15 million in food to pantries.

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