The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is proud to partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch an LGBT economic empowerment tour for communities of color that will travel to 13 major cities throughout the country that have a significant LGBT presence in communities of color, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Oakland/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Read the full press release here.
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks
“Despite the challenges we face, gay and transgender people represent an untapped segment of aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Rich with ideas and talent, LGBT men and women are creating and leading their own companies. It’s time to expand the conversation from economic security to economic empowerment. It’s time for us to own our power.”
“The LGBT small business community is helping us create an economy built to last. That is why we are proud to partner with the National Black Justice Coalition – an organization that represents the many faces and true diversity of the movement for full equality. Equipped with the necessary resources and tools, LGBT small business owners and entrepreneurs will have access to a wealth of knowledge, opportunity and economic growth.”
“Many Faces. One Dream.” seeks to bring focus on the communities’ economic power, innovation and creativity in the small business sphere.
ABOUT THE TOUR: “Many Faces. One Dream.” participants will be grouped into two tracks: “Starting Your Business” and “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” In the first track, training will be provided on the key elements of a business plan, loans, marketing, and SBA’s program and services. The second track will be geared toward LGBT firms that are currently in business but want to expand and grow.
“NGLCC is honored to partner with the National Black Justice Coalition and the U.S. Small Business Administration on this groundbreaking initiative for underserved communities. We are thrilled to serve as a conduit for LGBT entrepreneurs of color to not only get certified and strategically grow their businesses, but also establish valuable business connections across the nation. We look forward to meeting business owners and future business owners in the cities where they live and working with them to build strong and fully inclusive local economies”
“Small business represents the engine of commercial innovation, employment opportunities, and economic development. As the state of the economy gives birth to a virtual nation of entrepreneurs, we will benefit immensely from a transformative development inclusive of LGBT business owners of color. Black Enterprise is proud to partner with the National Black Justice Coalition and the U.S. Small Business Administration on the Many Faces. One Dream. tour, demonstrating that we will ensure all best business minds are included in the process of building a new America.”