Article Archive: Racial Justice & Economic Equity

Detroit Month of Design Exhibits to Attend Sept. 23-28

Every September, creative partners across Detroit come together to show off their latest artworks and ideas during Detroit Month of Design. This month-long event is a citywide celebration of creativity…

Four Detroit Month of Design Exhibitions to Check out Sept. 16-18

Every September, creative partners across Detroit come together to show off their latest artworks and ideas during Detroit Month of Design. This month-long event is a citywide celebration of creativity…

Black business group bikes from Detroit to Mackinaw City, seeking investment

Bike Ride to Mackinaw City to Raise Money for Black-owned Businesses, Nonprofits

Photo by Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press An organization plans to bike about 375 miles to raise money for Black-owned businesses and nonprofits when they are in need. Black…

September is Hispanic Heritage Month: Here’s How to Celebrate

Photo provided by The COM Library Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the United States observes Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who…

September is Detroit Month of Design: Five Exhibits to Check Out

Every September, creative partners across Detroit come together to show off their latest artworks and ideas during Detroit Month of Design. This month-long event is a citywide celebration of creativity…

Black Business Resource Center Opens in Downtown Detroit

The Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance (MDBBA) hosted a grand opening Monday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. for its Black Business Resource Center (BBRC) at 1234 Washington Blvd., located between State…

Annual By Black Conference Opens Registration, Limits to 150 In-Person Attendees, Oct. 13-15

Connect, grow, and promote your business at the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce’s (USBC) and National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters’ (NABOB) annual By Black Conference this fall, Oct. 13-15.…

Gov. Whitmer Proclaims September as Hispanic Heritage Month

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer is celebrating Michigan’s Hispanic population by proclaiming September 2021 as Hispanic Heritage Month. “Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino residents are an essential part of our state’s cultural…

1950s to Now: The History of the Supplier Diversity Business Initiatives

All You Need to Know About Becoming a Diverse-Owned Certified Business in Michigan

Flint-Native One of 20 Black Entrepreneurs Selected for Hennessy’s $1m ‘Never Stop, Never Settle’ Program

In 2014, Flint, Michigan, became the U.S. epicenter of the global water crisis with more than 100,000 residents being exposed to highly elevated lead content. In 2019, Jonathan Quarles, a…

Black-Owned Haircare Line “Strengthen, Grows, and Continues  to Give Health” to All Hair Types

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

Black-Owned Marketing Agency Founder Shares Key to Social Media Success for Businesses

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

Survey by Groupon and the National Black Chamber of Commerce Shows Strong Support for Black-Owned Businesses

A survey of more than 500 Black-owned businesses by Groupon and the National Black Chamber of Commerce shows strong support for Black businesses, but more needs to be done. The survey polled…

Entrepreneurs Access Network 2022 Cohort Application Opens, Deadline Sept. 17

EY is seeking Black- and Latino-owned companies for their Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) 2022 cohort with the goal of addressing and reducing the disparity gap in entrepreneurship to help minority-owned…

Salesforce Hosts National Black Business Month Virtual Block Party Wednesday, Aug. 25

Salesforce is celebrating National Black Business Month by hosting a virtual National Black Business Month Block Party on Aug. 25 from 3-7 p.m. Sponsored by Black Enterprise and Deloitte Digital,…

Detroit Black Restaurant Week Is Back, With Food Truck Rallies and a Longer Lineup

Detroit Black Restaurant Week, a toast to the city’s Black-owned eateries, returns Friday, with a new food truck rally and additional restaurants participating. East Eats owners Kwaku Osei-Bonsu (front) and…

Black-Owned Boutique in Detroit Trains Youth in Retail Operations

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

Black-Owned Small Business Creates “Custom Cocoa Experience” for Detroiters

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

Detroit Pistons and Shopify Partner to Launch Shop313, Detroit’s Source for Entrepreneurship

DETROIT – August 18, 2021 – Today, the Detroit Pistons and Shopify, a leading commerce platform powering 1.7+ million businesses, announced they will team up to launch SHOP313, an immersive, first-of-its-kind small…

Celebrate the African Diaspora at the 38th Annual African World Festival Aug. 20-22

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s African World Festival returns to Detroit for its 38th year, Aug. 20-22. More than 100,000 people attend and enjoy the food,…

4 Metro Detroit Companies Chosen for Apple Environmental Sustainability Accelerator

8 Ways to Find Black-Owned Businesses in Southeast Michigan

There are 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the U.S., and more than 44,000 of them are located or headquartered in Michigan. Almost 33,000 are in Detroit. Despite this abundance, finding local Black-owned businesses can be challenging at times—mainly because people do not…

Black-Owned Cookie Shop and Café Provides Freshly Baked Cookies in Detroit’s North Rosedale Community

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

Black-Owned Natural Beauty Brand Creates Unique Handmade Products for Detroiters

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners shared how they…

No Preferred Racial Term Among Most Black, Hispanic Adults

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most Black Americans, 58%, do not have a preference between the terms “Black” and “African American” when asked which term they would rather people use to describe…

Large-Scale Murals Painted During BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival Beautify the Walls of Detroit’s North End

Ten local artists and ten artists from around the U.S. painted the North End of Detroit July 24-31 during the BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival. Sydney G. James of Detroit, Thomas…

Black-Owned Norwest Gallery of Art brings ‘Love and Light’ through Art to Historic Detroit Neighborhood

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the region was a leading topic. Many local business owners spoke, sharing how…

Meijer Seeks BIPOC Michigan Business Owners for New Product Showcase

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Meijer announced today that it will host a supplier diversity product presentation event in September, giving Michigan businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color the opportunity…

Black-Owned Online Coffee Shop Brings a Taste of Ethiopia to the Northwest Detroit Community

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2021 Detroit Policy Conference, the perseverance and future of small businesses in the Southeast Michigan region was a leading topic. Many local business owners spoke,…

New Detroit Offering Six-Part Leadership Series on R.A.C.E.

Lowe’s Brings Back Pitch Competition to Support Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Making It…With Lowe’s, a pitch competition for small businesses, is back as part of Lowe’s continued effort to carve out space for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and other diverse-owned small businesses…

Amazon Launches Black Business Accelerator to Build Sustainable Equity and Growth for Black Entrepreneurs

In June 2021, Amazon launched a free program for Black-owned U.S. businesses selling on Amazon.com named Black Business Accelerator. To build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs, Amazon’s Black…

Amazon Black Business Accelerator: Program for Amazon Sellers

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator is dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support,…

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Announces Award to Increase High-speed Internet Access Across Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Gilchrist and the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) today announced an additional $15.3 million in funding awarded through the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC)…

Inaugural, All Black Produced, BLKOUT Walls Mural Festival

Gratis festival provides Detroit youth, and national and local muralists of color opportunity to reinvigorate the North End community of Detroit, Michigan, July 24 – 31 WHO: Artists Sydney G. James,…

Venture capitalist Wheat to lead startup accelerator program focused on equity in tech

7/6/21 Crain’s Detroit Business By Nick Manes Monica Wheat, a longtime veteran of the Detroit-area venture capital and startup community, is exporting some of her talents to a new accelerator…

Michigan’s Latest Budget Could Help Achieve Equity in School Funding

Invitation: The Skillman Foundation to Host Implicit Bias Webinar June 29

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s partners at The Skillman Foundation are hosting a virtual implicit bias webinar on Tuesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. The training is being facilitated…

Amazon commits $150 million to empower Black entrepreneurs

June 15, 2021 Amazon By Dave Clark Amazon’s new Black Business Accelerator provides access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support to help Black business owners succeed as sellers…

Stellantis, National Business League form development program for Black suppliers

6/17/21 Crain’s Detroit Business By Vince Bond Jr. Stellantis is laying the groundwork for a Black-owned suppliers development initiative that will reach beyond the auto industry. The Stellantis-National Business League…

Huntington Bank commits $1 billion in Detroit region for lending initiative for minorities, underserved, small businesses

6/16/21 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Nick Manes  Detroit commitment part of $40 billion initiative Community Plan to focus on business and personal lending, racial social equity Huntington completed TCF Bank…

Fifth Third Bank boosts investment in Detroit-based First Independence

6/14/21 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Nick Manes Fifth Third announces new $2.5 million investment in Black-owned First Independence Follows $3 million investment in 2008 Larger banks increasingly taking investment positions…

Celebrating Juneteenth Matters for Everyone

Instacart Announces New $1 Million Advertising Initiative to Support Black-owned Brands on the Instacart Marketplace

SAN FRANCISCO – June 10, 2021 – Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, today announced a new advertising initiative, committing up to $1 million to amplify Black-owned consumer…

Talking About Diversity: Courageous Conversations in the Workplace

Talking about race and diversity can be uncomfortable. However, the injustice exemplified by the tragic killing of George Floyd and too many others over the years calls for us to…

Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance to launch searchable business directory

6/2/21 Crain’s Detroit Business By Annalise Frank The Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance is launching an online directory of 800 local Black-owned businesses Monday called the Hastings Street Index. Named…

Intersport Announces ‘The John Shippen Sports Business Summit’ Registration Open Now for High School & College Students of Color

DETROIT (May 28, 2021) – Intersport announced today that registration for ‘THE JOHN SHIPPEN Sports Business Summit’ presented by Rocket Mortgage is now open for all high school and college students of color.…

Gov. Whitmer announces school funding priorities to transform K-12 education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today her funding priorities for K-12 education as the state readies for major investments in our schools and teachers. Due to the American Rescue Plan and the recently announced state revenue increases, a surplus in…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with Dennis W. Archer Sr. and Dennis W. Archer Jr.

Dennis W. Archer Sr. is chairman emeritus at Dickinson Wright PLLC and was mayor of Detroit from 1994 until 2011, while Dennis W. Archer Jr. is chief executive officer at…

Report on economic equity in Detroit underscores persistent disparities, provides recommendations for an economically equitable Detroit

Detroit Future City released The State of Economic Equity in Detroit, outlining disparities and systemic inequality that persists in Detroit and the region. The report focuses on six key areas:…

City of Detroit: Mayor names former Assistant Chief, Head of State Civil Rights Department, James E. White, as Interim Chief of Police

White will be stepping down from Civil Rights post to assume role effective June 1, after announced departure of Chief James Craig Mayor cites White’s leadership and integrity as Assistant…

Virtual Event: Michigan Chronicle Small Business Toolkit 2021

Detroit Regional Chamber director of government relations, Bernard Parker, will be joining a virtual event with the Michigan Chronicle to discuss how small businesses are navigating the ongoing impacts of…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall: Stephen Henderson and Rhonda Walker

On May 18, Stephen Henderson, contributor for One Detroit at DPTV, and host at WDET 101.9 FM, and Rhonda Walker, anchor at WDIV-TV 4, NBC, joined the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, Tammy Carnrike for a discussion around…

The Work Continues: With Racial and Social Injustice at the Forefront, Organizations Dive Deeper Into DEI

5/2/2021 Crain’s Detroit Business  By Allison Torres Burtka As racial and social injustices and inequities have become more prominent in the past year or so, organizations have been taking a…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi

 “The first thing to say is a college education is possible and affordable.” The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) President Antoine Garibaldi joined Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with Alexis Wiley, Moment Strategies and Sommer Woods, Woods Watts

The fourth installment of the Chamber’s Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall series delved into how to chart unique entrepreneurial paths. Speakers Alexis Wiley, founder, and principal of Moment Strategies, and…

Kresge Commits $2M for Vaccine Efforts, Health Equity in Detroit Neighborhoods

Statement from the Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) on COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Black Community

Chamber Statement on Solidarity with the AAPI Community

W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Equity, Opportunity and Hope

March 24, 2021 W.W. Kellogg Foundation  New research is now available on the experiences of Black Americans in the U.S. private sector. Produced by McKinsey & Company, in collaboration with Walmart,…

Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall with GS3 Chief Executive Officer Lisa Lunsford: Diversity and Equity Must Be ‘intentional’

  The third installment of the Chamber’s Celebrating Diverse Voices Town Hall series delved into the perspective of Lisa Lunsford, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Michigan-based Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3). Lunsford,…

Comcast RISE Investment Fund to Detroit

Comcast has been working proactively to help small businesses throughout the United States that have been hit the hardest by the economic impact of the pandemic. In October of 2020,…

Black Economic Equity

Bernard Parker III, director of government relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber joined council President Jones along with Dr. Ken Harris, President/ CEO of the National Business League, Inc. and…

OP-ED: It’s Critical to Support Small and BIPOC-owned Businesses

By Pamela Dover While the pandemic’s ripple effect has impacted many businesses, a National Bureau of Economic Research from June 2020 revealed Black, Indigenous and People of Color-owned (BIPOC) organizations have taken…

Celebrating Black Leaders: State of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights

During this session, Executive Director James White and Equity Officer Alfredo Hernandez discuss what employees should do if they encounter discrimination in the workplace and also how employers can create an…

Duke University Study: Governor Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities “Making Lasting Structural Change”

LANSING, Mich. – A recent study by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, has…

Gov. Whitmer Proclaims Jan. 19 as Day of Racial Healing

MLK Day in Detroit: Get Involved with these Events and Organizations

How are you reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this MLK Day? Check out eight ways that you can get involved from home below. Legacy & Justice: MLK Community…

The Detroit News: As COVID-19 Vaccinations Ramp Up, Skepticism Prevalent Among Michigan’s Black Residents

Dec. 22, 2020 The Detroit News Sarah Rahal As doctors and health officials celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, there’s a divide among Black Americans, especially in the…

Fifth Third Bank Announces $2.8B Investment to Accelerate Racial Equity, Equality, and Inclusion

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank, with 185 locations in Michigan, announced a $2.8 billion commitment that will provide $2.2 billion in lending, $500 million in investments, $60 million in financial…

Top Business Leaders Launch OneTen, Will Create One Million Jobs for Black Americans Over 10 Years

Gov. Whitmer, Racial Disparities Task Force Release Interim Report Showing Progress in Protecting Communities of Color from the Spread of COVID-19

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah on Supporting Black Owned Business during and after Small Business Saturday

The CEO of The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Baruah, spoke with Fox 2 Detroit to talk about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. He notes that half the…

New Report Highlights Strategies for Inclusive Recovery, Equitable Future of Work: National Equity Atlas

A new report by National Equity Atlas, in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, highlights the urgent need to center low-income communities and people…

Kresge to Make $8 Million in Grants to Detroit Racial Justice Groups

November 19, 2020 Crain’s Detroit Business By Sherri Welch 20 Detroit groups will share in $8 million in first-round funding Millions more expected for Detroit groups from Troy-based foundation early…

Progress Toward a Shared Vision of Economic Equity in Detroit

Detroit Future City (DFC) this fall released a report and outline to define a shared vision of economic equity in Detroit. According to DFC, in a circumstance in which the…

Companies at Work: Kelly

Grow the Talent Pipeline and Increase Per Capita Income

The talent pipeline in the Detroit region directly impacts the workforce needs and per capita income of our region. Students in the city and region are falling off at various…

NeighborHUB Grant Program Lifts Up Grassroots Efforts to Improve Local Neighborhoods

Grassroots organizations working directly in Detroit’s neighborhoods are receiving a boost from corporate grant programs like NeighborHUB. Through grants and in-kind business support, the program supports nonprofits focused on innovative…

Increasing Education Attainment for Greater Economic Prosperity and Social Mobility

It’s no secret that economic prosperity and social mobility are linked to education. There are nearly 700,000 adults in the region with some college but no degree. In order to…

Helping Detroiters Obtain a College Education

Education has been key in closing the racial equity gap and has proven to drive economic equity. The talent pipeline in the Detroit region directly impacts the workforce needs and…

The Kellogg Foundation: Michigan Business Case for Racial Equity

U.S. Chamber America’s Opportunity Gaps By the Numbers

COVID-19’s Role in Economic Inequity

With more than 1 million Americans affected by COVID-19, data has shown that the results of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black communities. In many cases, this pandemic has highlighted…

Equity in Educational Outcomes

The Makeup of Our Region

Understanding the composition of our nation, region, and communities is critical to developing effective solutions and making progress toward racial justice and economic equity. In our region, the major city…

Economic Impact of Inequality

The ideal Detroit region is an equal and fair community where all people have the opportunity, resources, and tools needed to achieve their potential, and to lead healthy and fulfilling…

The Cost of Accepting the Status Quo

A Letter From The President

Poverty and Policy: A Timeline of Discrimination and Missed Opportunities

The Costs of Racial Inequity

Point of View

We Went to the Moon, But Can We Address Racism?

Leadership Detroit Class XLI: Resilience Amid Uncertain Times

Inclusion and Equity in the Spotlight at the Mackinac Policy Conference

An Equal, Equitable, and Inclusive Detroit Region Will Improve the Economy

No Excuses: Finding Diverse Candidates

How Organizations Can Build a Plan for Racial Equity

The Power of Acknowledgment: Talking Race, Recognition and Reparations with Rep. Lawrence

Voices of Diversity: Standing Up to Bigotry and Discrimination

Allies for Equity: Executives Julie Sweet and Tim Ryan Leading the Conversation

Beyond the Moment: Long-Term Employer Commitment Key to Achieving Economic Equity

A Small Spark: Detroit and Redeveloping the Black Economy

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Beyond Words: Achieving Equity Requires Deliberate Action and Investment

Watch: Stacey Abrams Talks Civility in Leadership

Corporate Sustainability and Stewardship: What Are Business Leaders Doing to Protect Michigan’s Future?

Bill Emerson and Dennis W. Archer Jr.: Building Detroit for Detroiters

Mayor Mike Duggan: Detroit Must Grow and Move Beyond Racially Divided History

Wes Moore: Inclusive, Broad and Transparent Conversations Matter

Amy Liu and Diverse Policy Leaders: Michigan’s Future Economy Depends on Fostering Inclusive Growth Today