[Virtual] Investing In Black and Brown-Owned Businesses: A Roadmap for Growth Issue Forum

Friday, December 03, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Successfully growing Black and brown-owned businesses goes beyond monetary investment. Especially as we emerge from the pandemic, during which minority-owned businesses endured the worst of the economic impact, it’s crucial that our business community collaborate towards an inclusive economy that breaks down systemic barriers.
A recent study found that Black, Hispanic, and Asian businesses decreased by 41%, 32%, and 26%, respectively, in the U.S. over the course of the pandemic—stats that are made even more significant when compared to a 17% drop in white-owned businesses. In Philadelphia, despite having the fifth-largest Black population in the U.S., less than 2.5% of all business are Black-owned. Post-pandemic, these enterprises will need the collective support of our region more than ever.

Gain insight into how our region’s business, civic, and government entities can come together to intentionally support small, Black-, and brown-owned businesses by offering resources like access to business networks and social capital, contracting opportunities, mentorship, financial investments, entrepreneurship education, and more, for the long-term viability of Greater Philadelphia’s minority-owned business population.

Speakers to Date
Schnearia Ashley, Senior Vice President, Community Development Manager, Truist 
James Burnett, Executive Director, VestedIn
Steve Sanders, Chairman, The Collective Investment Group; and Chairman, Beltraith Capital
Chuck Stefanosky, Director Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Independence Blue Cross 
Moderator: Anne Bovaird Nevins, President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)



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“It is a big step for an organization to decide to embrace DEI, but the next big step of actually achieving progress toward these goals can be aided by professional development programs.” Read more from @EisnerAmper’s Katharina Casey: https://t.co/QmVJEpUhst #DiversityPHL

Next week: Discover how our region’s business, civic, and government entities can come together to intentionally support small, Black-, and brown-owned businesses beyond monetary investment. https://t.co/Am6dGLtGAf #PhillyRoadmap

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