Why Minority-Owned Small Businesses May Need an Extra Covid Recovery Boost

Why Minority-Owned Small Businesses May Need an Extra Covid Recovery Boost

Many of those struggles were dramatically heightened by COVID-19. “Whether it be reentry, or substance abuse, or mental health, lack of skills, lack of education, whatever those barriers are, we can get them into the system and start them on a career pathway,” Washington said. “When the majority population catches a cold, our minority communities have the flu,” Washington said.

Grace Washington WTVR

Much of Washington’s work involves connecting minorities to jobs. As a Black business leader herself, she knows firsthand that career success for people of color can be an uphill battle sometimes. “We’re located in the heart of one of our low-income communities,” said CEO and president, Grace Washington. “We have to be accessible to the residents, because that’s who we want to assist in improving their lives.”

“As Black and Brown business owner, there’s always been systemic racism, there’s always been redlining, there’s always been an uneven share of equity,” said Shirley Crawford, the executive director of the Women’s News Center RVA. “And then the pandemic just made it exponentially worse.” Crawford, along with Carol Reese, president of Resources Inc., has been at the forefront of the Small News Ecosytem report which shows minority-owned establishments had higher closure rates due to the pandemic. Carol Reese and Shirley Crawford

WTVR That’s one reason why Washington and several other Black entrepreneurs are supporting a new research project highlighting the challenges faced by small business owners of color.

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