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Black businesses are booming
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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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Report: Racial wealth gap, discrimination block minority businesses from financing
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Report: Racial wealth gap, discrimination block minority businesses from financing
Disparities in family wealth and discriminatory lending patterns are major contributors to Black and Latino entrepreneurs accessing capital and loans to start and grow businesses in Massachusetts, according to a study released by the Boston Foundation last week.
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New skills today equal equitable workforce tomorrow
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New skills today equal equitable workforce tomorrow
For too long, our education and workforce systems have failed to see Black, Latinx, and English Language Learner students as holders and creators of knowledge. If we want to build the diverse workforce of tomorrow, it is crucial that we invest today in equity-minded systems and practices that value the cultural wealth young people possess and the knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to the workforce.
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Millions of people lack bank accounts
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Millions of people lack bank accounts
Recognizing that something more must be done to address the City of Boston’s persistent and growing racial wealth gap, former Mayor Martin Walsh created the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) to connect Boston residents with skills and resources to improve their financial empowerment and advance their economic equity.
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Chef Anthony Caldwell: Finding his passion and changing his life
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Chef Anthony Caldwell: Finding his passion and changing his life
When Chef Anthony Caldwell was doing time in state prison, he never imagined he would one day own a popular Boston restaurant or that he would end up on a nationally televised cooking program with celebrities like Martha Stewart.
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Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce turns towards racial reckoning
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Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce turns towards racial reckoning
Under Greater Boston Chamber of Commmerce president Jim Rooney, the influential business organization has another revolution in mind – this one a fundamental change in commercial opportunity for people of color in a nation undergoing a broad racial reckoning.
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Know the factors that influence your credit score
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Know the factors that influence your credit score
For many people, credit scores can be intimidating and confusing, involving complex numbers and difficult calculations. The thing is, they’re also important: credit scores can have a major impact on your finances—especially down the road, when you’re applying for a credit card, car loan, or mortgage.
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Black restaurants surviving pandemic
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Black restaurants surviving pandemic
To spur immediate recovery from pandemic setbacks and induce long-term economic and social equity for Black-owned hospitality businesses, Nia Grace and Royal Smith launched the Boston Black Hospitality Coalition.
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Jae’da Turner means business
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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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Black women face business challenges
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Black women face business challenges
As part of its virtual event series, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts held a panel of Black women leaders in business. State Rep. Chynah Tyler joined the conversation with the three entrepreneurs, with WBUR’s Paris Alston moderating.
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Wanted: equitable credit access  to build wealth
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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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Local business districts struggle with vacancies
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Local business districts struggle with vacancies
At a City Council hearing on March 19, Boston’s Office of Small Business Development revealed that Grove Hall has the highest rate of empty storefronts in the city. But it isn’t due to businesses folding during the pandemic.
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