HAGERSTOWN - The city of Hagerstown is hosting a luncheon on Monday for minority owners of businesses in the city.
By the state of Maryland's definition, minority-owned businesses are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more people who are minorities.
The classification of "minorities" includes female, African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American and disabled, according to the city.
More than four months ago, the city started compiling a directory of minority-owned businesses to give them information about government grants, loans or partnerships.
Deborah Everhart, the city's economic development director, said 99 businesses, covering each minority group listed, responded. The majority are female-owned businesses, she said.