Recap & Recording: Advancing Equity in Small Business and Economic Development

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uprising around the murder of George Floyd devastated many Black, brown, indigenous and immigrant-owned businesses in the Twin Cities. We know that these businesses play an essential role in building and sustaining the culture, wealth and economic vitality of BIPOC and immigrant communities, and funding from government, philanthropic and private sources are investing in our local “recovery” and “rebuilding.” In our June 2020 Actualizing Equity event, we explored: How do we ensure that short-term relief centers the needs of BIPOC- and immigrant-owned businesses and that new processes and policies around economic development advance the ownership and agency of our communities?

Speakers included

  • Mercedes Jaime, Latino Economic Development Center
  • Idris Mohamed, African Economic Development Solutions of MN
  • Tabitha Montgomery, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • Va-Megn Thoj, Asian Economic Development Association


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