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Black businesses survived COVID, they can weather a recession
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Black businesses survived COVID, they can weather a recession
Black business owners with small companies are surprisingly optimistic about 2023 although many economists predict monetary challenges.
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Fund to invest $20m in local businesses
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Business
Fund to invest $20m in local businesses
The Boston Impact Initiative (BII), a nonprofit impact investment group focused on businesses and entrepreneurship in Massachusetts communities of color, recently announced the launch of a new $20 million investment fund aimed at Black and brown entrepreneurs and local and regional community-controlled real estate ventures.
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At Odessa Instant Shoe Repair, fixing your soles is an art form
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At Odessa Instant Shoe Repair, fixing your soles is an art form
Robert Glover thinks of fixing shoes like sculpting. “Like making something out of clay. I’m taking a pair of shoes, tearing them apart and putting them back together,” he said, while sitting behind a counter labeled “No refunds” and surrounded by medieval-looking presses, clamps, shoe stands and single loose shoes.
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Summit aims to connect Black professionals
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Local News
Summit aims to connect Black professionals
Coming from a majority Black city to the cold North, Collier settled in at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “I think I was one of 35 or 40 Black master’s students in the whole school,” she said. There, Collier first began doing what has become somewhat of a life’s calling: creating community.
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Covid19
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Point32Health Team Up to Provide Support to Small Businesses and Local Vaccination Efforts
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Omni Hotel
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Omni Hotel
Economic development by Blacks has been so rare that there is usually a joyous expression when a sizable Black project matures and comes to fruition. There are several reasons for exultation among Blacks with the recent ribbon-cutting of the new Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport.
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Editorial
A winning strategy — how you vote and where you spend
The effort in red states to restrict Black citizens from voting is the greatest danger now faced by Blacks. Most Americans would prefer to be able to take voting for granted, but everyone understands that if the right to vote is negated, America can no longer claim to be a democracy. This issue is so significant it may seem to be unreasonable to expect Blacks to be concerned about Black corporate CEOs just now.
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Black businesses are booming
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Business
Black businesses are booming
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis a year ago put a spotlight on racial inequality in all forms — including business. The resulting conversation about race has changed where many consumers have been spending their cash. Searches on Yelp for Black-owned businesses across the country jumped 3,085% from February of 2020 to February 2021, according to a data analysis by Yelp.
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Haley House, Roxbury Main Streets launch 1st Roxbury Restaurant Week
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Business
Haley House, Roxbury Main Streets launch 1st Roxbury Restaurant Week
The inaugural Roxbury Restaurant Week will infuse the community with savory smells and drool-worthy cuisine June 13-19.
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Jae’da Turner means business
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Business
Jae’da Turner means business
Jae’da Turner is in the business of spreading the word. The Boston native and entrepreneur runs Black Owned Bos., a platform dedicated to highlighting and supporting Black-owned businesses in Boston.
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Wanted: equitable credit access  to build wealth
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Business
Wanted: equitable credit access to build wealth
Although many officials have called for a “return to normal,” millions of small businesses and communities need something new instead. In Black America especially, the “old normal” never delivered equitable access to wealth-building opportunities that served much of white America. Instead, a lengthy history of public policies designed to create and sustain a burgeoning middle class systemically excluded Blacks and other people of color. 
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Blacks getting slim share of city dollars
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Local News
Blacks getting slim share of city dollars
The numbers, which confirm previous studies, show just a handful of businesses owned by people of color did business with Boston over the last four years, despite the Walsh administration officials’ professed commitment to expanding opportunities.
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