There have been many Black-Owned Businesses that operated in excellence long before recent public recognition. As we navigate a new normal in the business marketplace, it is essential to continually recognize Black-Owned retail businesses that run their company with excellence even when no one is looking. Black companies deserve to be seen, heard, and met with equal opportunity. We want to create a platform to lift the presence of Black-Owned Businesses and turn up the volume for Black voices in the retail marketplace.
As I was preparing for this blog it was staggering the data that I found as it relates to Black Businesses in America. The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit research and policy group, sounded alarms in April about the Paycheck Protection Program, estimating 95 percent of black-owned businesses and 91 percent of Latino-owned businesses were tiny companies with slim chances of receiving a loan in the initial round. Most of those companies are the owner’s primary source of income, according to the report.
"Elevate & Amplify: A Black Business Experience" was created to provide an accessible platform for all to experience Black- Owned businesses and services as well as allow for consumers to utilize these businesses as resources to fulfill their potential business or professional needs. This unique event will also be a resource for consumers as it will allow for them to gain access to a diverse group of businesses, their unique offerings as well as needed learning opportunities in breakout sessions that will be available within a VIP ticket purchase.
Thursday, August 27th through August 30th, join us for an elevated virtual experience with nation-wide Black-Owned businesses.
- Grants you access to all vendors virtual shopping booths.
- Virtual Swag Bag made up of free digital gifts from vendors and sponsors.
- Access to workplace-based diversity and inclusion breakout sessions
- Virtual mixers
- Recording of the entire experience and the breakout sessions.
- Shopping, Health and wellness demos, and more!
Break out sessions Included with VIP Ticket:
"The True Meaning of Diversity & Inclusion with a certified D&I Specialist."
Join us our DE&I Specialist as they unpacks what it truly means to incorporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your business, or organization.
People need new ways to think about and talk about diversity. Leaders need new skills to enable equity and inclusion in the workplace. And organizations need scalable ways to ensure that their diversity & inclusion initiatives avoid common mistakes and are solid and sustainable.
Friday, August 28th
Come out and hear what these Black entrepreneurs have to say about owning a business in the Twin Cities and their experiences of own triumphs and challenges and how they pull on their community as they strive for success as a Black business owner. Learn how you can do your part to support, uplift, and recognize companies right in your backyard.
Join us as we hear from Black Business Owners in the Twin Cities as they share their realities and experiences "Owning a Business While Black."
Saturday, August 29th
"Opening the Door to Uncomfortable but Necessary Conversations Round Table w/ Nicole Jennings."
Join the Owner and Founder of Queen Anna House of Fashion as she has a live roundtable on ways to properly engage in uncomfortable but necessary conversations surrounding race in the business setting.
Sunday, August 30th
Join us for a roundtable discussion with Black business owners as we answer a question that is being talked about around the world; " How to be an Ally" and doing so understanding what goes into being an impactful ally as it relates to business .
Be sure to join us for the first of many Black Business Experiences hosted by Queen Anna House of Fashion.