Latest News: Racial Justice & Economic Equity

Webinar: Using the Tri-Share Child Care Program for Talent Retention and Attraction

On June 28, the Detroit Regional Chamber co-hosted a live webinar that offered employers a chance to learn how they can participate in Michigan’s Tri-Share program and offer child care…

Greenwood, Inc. Acquires Valence to Provide Professional Development and Job Recruiting for the Black Community

Detroit’s Stephens Southern Delights and 19 Other Black-Owned Businesses Awarded $25,000 Coalition to Back Black Businesses Grants

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that the Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) has awarded 20 Black-owned small businesses from CBBB’s 2021 grant program an additional $25,000 enhancement grant…

New $11M Ebiara Fund To Help Black, Brown Developers in Detroit

Ford’s Michigan Central Commits $500,000 To Support Local Businesses with Training, Grants, Loans

Michigan Communities Host Juneteenth Events Celebrating Culture, Education, and Activism

Detroit’s Only Black College Reopens with Inaugural Design Class, High Hopes

Detroit News Kim Kozlowski June 12, 2022 Isaiah Walker has spent the past decade trying to channel his passion for design into a career. After graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School in…

Apply Now: Michigan Central Creates $500,000 Neighborhood Detroit Business Fund

Fox 2 Detroit Jack Nissen June 8, 2022 A new $500,000 fund from Michigan Central Station will target neighborhood businesses in and around the site to help boost education, training,…

Female-Led Development Initiative Brings Equity to the Table

Michigan Chronicle Sherri Kolade May 30, 2022 In a male-dominated industry of real estate developers, the numbers speak for themselves – and it’s where women don’t always get their fair…

Banking on Detroit’s African American Communities

Michigan Chronicle Donald James May 30, 2022 The historical denials of financial inclusion and equity for Black Americans are long-running nightmares that have plagued Black communities for more than 50…

Bishop Edgar Vann Launches Non-Profit to Address Equity in Detroit

Michigan Chronicle Andre Ash May 24, 2022 While the city of Detroit continues to make economic strides, it falls upon all of us to do as much as we can…

Black Leaders Detroit Challenges Michiganders to “Speak for Themselves” During Annual Bike Trip to Mackinac Policy Conference

Most Mackinac Policy Conference attendees travel to the Conference by car. Others travel by airplane. But a growing number of attendees are opting to travel by bike in the name…

Black Caucus Foundation Announces $40 Million Initiative for Black Contractors

Black Enterprise Derek Major May 23, 2022 The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan has announced a $40 million initiative aimed at giving Black contractors in the state access to capital.…

Black Leadership Advisory Council Finalizes Report for More Inclusive State

Michigan Chronicle May 22, 2022 The Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC) appointed by Governor Whitmer made 11 policy recommendations to close racial equity gaps and build a stronger, more inclusive Michigan. It…

Duggan Appoints New Director of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity

Crain’s Detroit Business May 19, 2022 Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has appointed a new director of the city’s Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion, and Opportunity (CRIO) to fill the vacancy…

Fortune 500 Companies Step Up to Appoint More Women on Boards

Bizwomen Marie Leech May 12, 2022 Fortune 500 boards appointed a record number of women in 2021, although Latinx, Asian and Asian American women continue to be underrepresented, according to…

Comcast RISE to Award $1M in Grants to Small Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck

On Thursday, May 12, Comcast announced it will award $1 million in grants to 100  Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck small businesses owned by women and people of color, including…

MSU’s Cook Makes History as First Black Woman on Fed Board of Governors

The Detroit News Melissa Nann Burke and Riley Beggin May 10, 2022 MSU Professor Lisa Cook. Michigan State University economist Lisa Cook made history after the U.S. Senate voted along party lines Tuesday to approve her…

‘Activate Detroit’ Loan Helps Open Bagley Restaurant in Detroit

Michigan Chronicle April 25, 2022 Never say never to Jamaal Muhammad. Unless you want to see him succeed. “A high school teacher once told me I’d never go to college…

Free Legal Help on the Way for Low-Income Detroiters Facing Eviction

Meet the Former Nike Designer Helping Other Women of Color in Design

Black Enterprise Derek Major May 9, 2022 Design has kept Cheresse Thornhill-Goldson’s interest since high school. It’s also what led her to study industrial design at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Michigan.…

Google Offers $100,000 in Digital Skills Training to Michigan Businesses

Crain’s Detroit Business Jay Davis May 4, 2022 Google is offering up to $100,000 in workforce training to teach digital skills to businesses in Michigan. Grow with Google, which offers…

Motor City Match Winners from Pickle Sandwich Maker to Child Care Center Share $500,000

Crain’s Detroit Business Jay Davis May 3, 2022 Twelve new businesses set to open in 10 different Detroit neighborhoods are the latest Motor City Match winners to share $500,000 in…

Nominate Detroit Entrepreneurs who Demonstrate ‘The Hustle’ by June 30

Crain’s Detroit Business Jay Davis April 27, 2022 Native Detroiter Mark Bland noticed something was missing in terms of attendance at city cultural sites such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit…

Nonprofit establishes $10 million loan fund for Black-owned contractors, with $30 million more expected

Crain’s Detroit Business Apr. 26, 2022 Nick Manes Another fund has popped up aiming to support minority-owned contractors doing business in Detroit. The Detroit-based Black Caucus Foundation, along with three…

Register Now: NAACP Hosts Career Under Construction, April 23

By The Numbers: Diversity and Inclusion Are Good for Business

MarTech Constantine von Hoffman April 5, 2022 Diversity at all levels of a company is an indicator of success. A culture of diversity and inclusion is the cause of it.…

4 Black Women From Detroit Sitting in C-Suite Positions Look to Add Diverse Voices

Detroit Free Press Jasmine Barmore March 31, 2022 When Tanisha Sanders left her executive-level job at the beginning of the year, she said it was important that she left the door…

Serena Williams Teams Up With World’s Largest Interviewing Company to Double the Number of Black Software Engineers in the U.S.

Black Enterprise April 19, 2022 Karat, the world’s largest interviewing company, today announced a strategic investment from Serena Williams to significantly scale Brilliant Black Minds, a program that improves access and inclusion across…

Black Tech Firm Gains $6M in Seed Funding to Expand Its Construction Software Platforms

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney April 11, 2022 Livegistics just gained $6 million in seed funding to help the Black-owned technology firm expand its operations and gain new customers. The Detroit-based company…

Minority-Owned Brokerage Led by Suzanne Shank Attracts Big Bucks From Private Equity Giant

Crain’s Detroit Business Aaron Elstein April 13, 2022 Siebert Williams Shank (SWS), a leading minority-owned brokerage firm with ties to Detroit, will roughly double its capital after an investment from…

Crain’s Detroit Business: HHS’ Draft Environmental Justice Strategy Targets Racial and Economic Disparities

Crain’s Detroit Business Kara Hartnett April 11, 2022 The Health and Human Services Department’s Thursday release of a draft plan to tackle environmental health issues looks very similar to its…

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to US Supreme Court

Black Information Network April 7, 2022 Cherranda Smith For the first time in American history, a Black woman will be seated on the US Supreme Court. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was…

Bagley Development Transforms Artists Building Into Residences @ 150 Bagley

Michigan Chronicle Sherri Kolade April 1, 2022 Detroit-based development team of Bagley Development Group, is revamping the nearly 100-year-old building at 150 Bagley St. into 148 apartments. During a press…

4 Ways Leaders Can Ensure Equity for People of Color

Worth Susanne Tedrick April 1, 2022 Equity is an important element that leaders must address in their efforts to attract and keep diverse talent in their organizations. Within diversity, equity,…

Collaboration Over Competition: the New Girl Code

Michigan Chronicle Megan Kirk April 4, 2022 Entrepreneurship has exploded, especially for African American women. Filled with drive and passion, Black women are leaving the constructs of traditional 9 to…

Rocket Philanthropic Arm Launches $10 Million Fund to Help Grow Detroit Contractors

Crain’s Detroit Business Nick Manes April 5, 2022 The philanthropic arm of the billionaire Dan Gilbert family and the affiliated Rocket Companies Inc. is committing $10 million to help Detroit-based contractors access…

ISAIC, Michigan Women Forward Team up to Spur Women-owned Fashion Businesses; Applications Due April 15

Crain’s Detroit Business Sherri Welch March 28, 2022 Photo by ERIN MARIE MILLER Michigan Women Forward and the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center are teaming up to launch and grow…

Black-led Development Group Kicks Off $75 Million Renovation of United Artists Building

Crain’s Detroit Business March 31, 2022 Arielle Kass The redeveloped 96-year-old United Artists building near Grand Circus Park in Detroit will be called Residences @ 150 Bagley. Every Wednesday for…

Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Black Girl Magic Class Illuminates

Michigan Chronicle April 1, 2022 Sherri Kolade Michigan Chronicle’s distinguished Women of Excellence Class of 2021 awardees, left photo, and Carla-Walker Miller, founder and CEO of Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services,…

Apply Now: EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women North America, Deadline May 6

Nominations and applications for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM  North America program are now open. Launched in 2008, the program targets women founders who have built profitable small companies with…

JPMorgan Chase Commits $5M to Black, Hispanic, and Latino-Owned Businesses Through Dollar-for-Dollar Diverse Supplier Grant Initiative

JPMorgan Chase recently launched the Diverse Supplier Grant Initiative, a first-of-its-kind grant program aimed at providing Black-, Hispanic-, and Latino-owned businesses with the access to capital they need to secure…

Black and Latino Early-Stage Businesses Invited to Apply for Second Cohort of Black Ambition Competition; Win Cash and Investment Prizes Up to $1M

If people of color and women were supported and provided resources to succeed as entrepreneurs at the same rate as white men, the United States could add 1.1 million new businesses…

New Report Shows Racism Discourages Black Businesses from Funding

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney March 23, 2022 While multiple reports have shown rising interest in financing Black-owned small businesses, a new study shows an underlying problem still remains. According to…

Study Shows Black Workers Twice As Likely to Make Less Than Whites

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney March 18, 2022 The pay gap continues to widen for Black Americans, making it an ongoing and disturbing issue. A new study by Real Estate Witch…

US House Passes CROWN Act Banning Hair Discrimination, Bill Headed to Senate

Black Enterprise Jersolyn Johnson March 18, 2022 On Friday, the Democratic-led US House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act that bans race-based hair discrimination in the workplace. CNN reports that the CROWN…

Wells Fargo Report Shows Black Americans Have Made Real Economic Progress in Recent Years

Black Enterprise Derek Major March 14, 2022 A Wells Fargo Economic Group report shows Black Americans have made significant economic progress in recent years, taking control of their financial futures. According to…

Entrepreneurs Seeking a Brick-And-Mortar Space in Detroit, Highland Park, or Hamtramck Encouraged to Apply to Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest 

Comerica Bank and Hatch Detroit announced the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest on Tuesday, March 15, along with a $100,000 donation from Comerica Bank to this year’s winner.…

H&M Extends Partnership with Buy from a Black Woman to Empower and Inspire Black Women

Black Enterprise Derek Major March 10, 2022 H&M and Buy From a Black Woman (BFABW) have announced they will continue their partnership for another year to support Black female entrepreneurs. The retail…

Apply Now: FedEx Launches a Second E-commerce Learning Lab Program for Minority Small Business Owners

Black Enterprise Kay Rose March 11, 2022 Are you a woman-owned minority small business owner wondering how to take your small business online? Not sure what the best e-commerce platform is for…

Survey: 75% of Women Business Owners Attribute Success to Mentorship

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney March 14, 2022 Inspiring others and mentorship are two significant factors driving women entrepreneurs — including Black women business owners — that feed their passion for…

Apply Now to Meet with Buyers During Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber’s COLOURS Spring Business Summit

Join the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect at the Piston’s Performance Center on Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to…

Apply by March 31: Afflicted Business Relief Grant Program

On Tuesday, March 1, the State of Michigan opened applications for the Afflicted Business Relief grant program to distribute up to $409 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds…

International Women’s Day Lunch Explored the Impact of Biases in the Workplace 

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted a lunch to celebrate the annual observance under the theme of #BreakTheBias. A group of business leaders convened to…

Panel: Lack of Awareness, Trust, and Education are Barriers to Accessing Bank Financing for Small, Diverse-Owned Businesses 

“Access to capital… remains a considerable issue, especially with underserved businesses in this pandemic environment,” said Paul Jones, business support network director at Invest Detroit. “There are countless case studies, surveys…

Black Developer Group Proposes $134 Million Redevelopment of Fisher Body Plant Into Apartments, Retail

Crain’s Detroit Business Kirk Pinho March 7, 2022 A development team is on tap to turn one of Detroit’s most visible dilapidated buildings into new housing and retail space. The…

Lt. Governor Gilchrist Releases Final Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Task Force Report Outlining Significant Progress and Policy Recommendations in Protecting Communities of Color from the Spread of COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. – The first-of-its-kind Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Taskforce today released recommendations for collaborative policy, programming and systemic change to protect communities of color from the spread of COVID-19…

This Nonprofit Is Helping Companies Rebuild Their Workplaces to Meaningfully Support Black Women

CNBC Make It Jennifer Liu Feb. 17, 2022 For many workers, especially from marginalized communities, the option to work from home during the pandemic has been more than a matter…

11 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month in the Detroit Region

Attend Women Leading in Tech, a free event by Let’s Detroit. Bea’s Detroit, 1533 Winder St. Detroit, MI 48207 Celebrate some of the top women in the high-tech auto and…

Coqual Announces Black Equity Index to Measure Equity in the Workplace

Black Enterprise Feb. 28, 2022 Coqual, a global think tank, unveils the Black Equity Index (BEI), a new initiative for organizations to advance and measure progress toward racial equity in the workplace. Founded in partnership…

Why Suzanne Shank Has ‘never Been More Optimistic’ About DEI in Finance

Suzanne Shank is a Chamber Board Member. Crain’s Detroit Business Nick Manes Feb. 24, 2022 This interview is part of a series of conversations with Black entrepreneurs and business leaders…

Black Business Groups Form Detroit United Front

Crain’s Detroit Business Annalise Frank Feb. 23, 2022 Three Black-owned business groups are coming together to form a new advocacy organization called the Detroit United Front. The Detroit chapter of…

Apply Now: Connect with Potential Investors this April During Renaissance Venture Capital’s DEI UnDemo Day®

Applications for Renaissance Venture Capital’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) UnDemo Day® are now open. Early-stage companies seeking capital in the next 18 months are encouraged to apply. UnDemo Day®…

Comcast RISE Program Expands to Include Women-Owned Businesses in Initiative to Advance Digital Equity

Comcast RISE, which stands for Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment, has recently expanded its eligibility to include all women-owned businesses. Launched in 2021 as part of Comcast’s Project UP, its…

Small Business Spotlight: Black Business Owners on Keeping Legacy Going in Family

Crain’s Detroit Business Jay Davis Feb. 21, 2022 The family business wasn’t passed down to Domonique Bowen. She sought control of it for a specific reason. “The business was strong…

The Lip Bar Was ‘Shark Tank’ Reject. Now Detroit Woman’s Makeup Business Is Thriving

Detroit Free Press Chanel Stitt Feb. 19, 2022 Melissa Butler hasn’t forgotten about the difficult days of her journey to start The Lip Bar, which changed the way the world thinks…

MDOT Director: Equity, Inclusion Need to Be Part of Transportation Planning

Detroit Free Press Eric D. Lawrence Feb. 16, 2022 The head of Michigan’s Department of Transportation (MDOT) says his office is focused on more than just moving traffic these days.…

These Are the 5 Biggest Barriers for Black Professionals (And What Businesses Can Do to Help)

Fast Company Damali Peterman Feb. 16, 2022 From racial discrimination to wage gaps, and more, people of color are still left to push for equity and their right to thrive…

Southfield Gallery Paints Positive Images of Black Community

Crain’s Detroit Business Mark S. Lee Feb. 15, 2022 As part of the 20th century’s Great Migration, many Blacks moved to northern cities, such as Detroit. And while the city’s…

Chamber’s Bernard Parker Honored at Michigan Chronicle 2021 Men Of Excellence Reception

On Jan. 27, 2022, the Michigan Chronicle hosted their Men of Excellence reception, where Bernard Parker III, director of government relations for the Chamber, was recognized as a 2021 Men…

DAC Members Elect First Black President in Club’s 135-year History

Derron Sanders, the newly elected president of the Detroit Athletic Club, is a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors and a Class XXII graduate of Leadership Detroit.…

James Turner Is Leading ‘a Movement’ to Repair Detroit Windows — and Save Its History

Crain’s Detroit Business Arielle Kass Feb. 9, 2022 This is the first in a series of conversations with Black entrepreneurs and business leaders about how they got started and what…

For Music Entrepreneurs, Detroit Is Fertile Soil

Crain’s Detroit Business Jay Davis Feb. 7, 2022 Spot Lite owner Roula David is a huge advocate for the city’s music scene and sees great opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to…

Biden Nominates Black Female Michigan Judge for U.S Court of Appeals

Michigan Chronicle Sherri Kolade Feb. 3, 2022 President Joe Biden announced his judicial nominee on Wednesday, Feb. 2, by tapping U.S. District Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis as part of his…

Yearlong Project Will Seek Feedback on What Detroit’s Black Residents Need to Thrive

Crain’s Detroit Business Sherri Welch Feb. 3, 2022 A yearlong formal effort to collect feedback on what Detroit’s Black residents need to thrive is taking shape. The goal of the…

Minor League Baseball Launches Black-community Focused Initiative, ‘The Nine’

Black Enterprise Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton Feb. 2, 2022 Just in time for Black History Month, Minor League Baseball announced the launch of a Black-community-focused outreach platform, “The Nine.” The Nine was…

Apply Now: Black Women Entrepreneurs Qualify for $10,000 Grant to Grow Business

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Feb. 1, 2022 Sage and The BOSS Network are partnering to offer 25, $10,000 grants to Black women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. The Sage Invest in Progress grant will award…

Malcolm X’s Former Inkster Home Is Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Detroit Metro Times Randiah Camille Green Feb. 2, 2022 Courtesy of Project We Hope Dream and Believe The house at 4336 Williams St. in Inkster sat abandoned, crumbling, and surrounded…

Two Millennials Created BlackTag to Highlight Black Creatives and Got Facebook’s Attention

Black Enterprise Derek Major Jan. 30, 2022 In 2019, creators Ousman Sahko Sow and Akin Adebowale had two questions: what would a streaming platform for a digitally savvy Black audience look like? And how…

View Now: Racial Justice and Economic Equity Progress Report

Two Black Tech Entrepreneurs on a Mission to Reduce Racial Health Disparities

February is Black History Month, and the 2022 theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” This theme will explore “the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western…

PRSA Foundation and Mission North Clear Path for BIPOC Women in Tech

Black Enterprise Jan. 31, 2022 The PRSA Foundation and Mission North announced today the launch of “The Future Is” fellowship — a program for Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)-identified…

Detroit Regional Chamber Among Recipients of $1M in Grants from DTE Energy Foundation for Equity Work

How to Honor Black History Month in 2022

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual observance of the legacy, achievements, and contributions to history made by Black Americans and other people of…

Documentary of the First Black Umpire in the National Baseball League to Debut in February

Black Enterprise Atiya Jordan Jan. 24, 2022 The day Art Williams became the first Black umpire in Major League Baseball’s National League, he knew it would be all worthwhile. And it was, just in…

How to Access Procurement Opportunities Through TACOM, the Minority Business Development Agency, and Wayne County Airport Authority

As part of the Black- and Diverse-Owned Business Series, the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered with Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect to host the webinar How to Access Procurement…

13 Small Businesses in Detroit Selected for Motor City Match Grants in 18th Round

Ken Harris is looking to take Detroit’s Black-owned businesses to the next level

Panel: Legal, Finance, and Community Engagement Professionals Servicing the Cannabis Industry Talk Creative Solutions for Finding Funding

Key Takeaways: The cannabis industry in Michigan is booming, bringing in more than $3 billion in sales since the beginning of the regulated market. Finding traditional funding for cannabis businesses is…

Black Entrepreneurs Feel the Pull to Locate in Royal Oak: Here’s why

Detroit Free Press Chanel Stitt Jan. 15, 2022 Black entrepreneurs looking to open their experiential self-care, entertainment, shops and food businesses have found a spot they like: Royal Oak. Known for small businesses…

Opinion: MLK changed Detroit – but only after Detroit changed him

Newly Minted Maya Angelou Quarters Enter Circulation and Make History

Smithsonian Magazine Nora McGreevy Jan. 14, 2022 If you pay with cash in the next few weeks, keep an eye out for a new face among the Lincoln pennies and…

Birmingham Cemetery Could Join National Underground Railroad Network

Metro Times Alex Washington Jan. 10, 2022 Detroit is a city with a deep history. Some of that history is connected to slavery and the Underground Railroad. Throughout the city,…

Two Free New Channels Being Launched Targeting Multicultural Audiences

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Jan. 13, 2022 Hoping to drive away stereotypes and provide a fresh account for diverse multicultural people,  UKW Media and Urbn-TV are launching two free new channels. Both are urban…

11 Events and Activities in the Detroit Region to Honor Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day  

How are you reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this MLK Day? Check out 11 ways to get involved, both at home and in person. United We Walk –…

Black Entrepreneur Offers Alternative Funding Through ‘Barter Black’– No Money Needed

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Jan. 11, 2022 Entrepreneur Nicole Murphy’s new venture is not a funding option for businesses that need loans. The founder and CEO of Barter Black, Murphy says a critical…

Meet the Founder of an App That Simplifies the College Admissions Process for Black Students

Black News Jan. 11, 2022 Shawntia Lee, a former Admissions and Enrollment Counseling professional, has developed and launched the College Thriver Education app to help facilitate the college admissions process for students…

Urbangeekz Partners With Finance Savvy CEO to Provide 5 Scholarships Support Women-Owned and Minority Businesses

The Black Enterprise The Black Enterprise Editors Jan. 11, 2022 UrbanGeekz has teamed up with Finance Savvy CEO in a new partnership to support women and minority-owned startups. The Atlanta-based firms are collaborating to…

Detroit’s First Black-Owned Bookstore Receives $15,000 Preservation Grant from National Park Service

Black Enterprise Jeroslyn Jackson Jan. 7, 2022 The National Park Service (NPS) has granted Detroit’s Vaughn’s Bookstore a $15,000 grant as part of the organization’s move to preserve history in underrepresented…

Noodles & Company and WOWorks Join Effort to Create 100 Black-Owned Franchises by End of 2023

The Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Jan. 1, 2022 Making them the first franchise companies to do so, Noodles & Company and WOWorks have adopted the Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership…

Nearly 70% of Minority Business Owners Fear Omicron Will Hurt Their Business

The Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Jan. 5, 2022 The COVID-19 Omicron variant is punishing small businesses across America, including those run by Black entrepreneurs. A fresh Alignable’s Omicron Pulse Poll…

Black Businesses Invited to Apply for a Store or Kiosk in First Black Virtual Mall

In 2020, the first Black Virtual Mall opened, offering shoppers access to approximately 115 Black-owned businesses at a time, anywhere in the world. Founder Alquincia “Akanundrum” Selolwane created the virtual space during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to…

This First-Ever Black Virtual Mall Is Taking E-Commerce to the Next Level

Black Enterprise Atiya Jordan Dec. 23, 2021 The global pandemic has put e-commerce at the forefront of retail and continues to vastly accelerate the adoption of all things digital. This…

Whitmer signs bill reopening Michigan’s first historically Black college

Black Art Library Spreads the Word About Black Artists One Book at a Time

The Detroit News Maureen Feighan Dec. 20, 2021 Scroll through Asmaa Walton’s Black Art Library page on Instagram and you’ll see post after post with her signature pose — two…

In Case You Missed It: Growing and Retaining Detroit’s African American Middle Class

New Police Chief in Dearborn to be First Muslim to Lead Department

Detroit Free Press Niraj Warikoo Dec. 20, 2021 A veteran of the Dearborn Police department will be the city’s next police chief, Mayor-elect Abdullah Hammoud announced Monday. Starting Jan. 1,…

More Black and Hispanic Entrepreneurs Are Open for Business

WIRED David Tobenkin Dec. 20, 2021 A new report finds more people, particularly those in minority groups, are starting new ventures amid the pandemic. Stephon Sanders is a soft-spoken 16-year-old…

Treasury Department Earmarks $8.7 Billion in Federal Funding Targeted to Minority Businesses

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Dec. 17, 2021 More so than other racial groups, Black-owned businesses have been trounced harder by COVID-19 and are still rebounding from the pandemic. Yet, some…

One Million Black Women: How Goldman Sachs Is Investing in Black Women and Creating a Sustainable Future for Everyone

Blavity News Natalie Webb Dec. 16, 2021 Since the pandemic hit, individuals and businesses across the country have suffered a major blow to every aspect of their lives, from earnings…

A Conversation with Four Leading Black Women Who Are Building and Scaling Social Impact in Detroit and the Nation 

In early December, as part of the SHIFT Series, GreenLight Fund hosted the event Building Change that Lasts: A Conversation with Black Women Scaling Social Impact, featuring a panel of…

Bringing Pocket Parks to ‘Kid Success Neighborhoods’ in Detroit

Next City Marianne Dhenin Dec. 10, 2021 Windee Brown remembers growing up in Detroit. “It wasn’t easy,” she said. Her family moved away from Detroit when she was eleven. Now,…

Detroit’s Only Black-Owned Grocery Store is Reimagining Food Access

Patch Serena Maria Daniels Dec. 16, 2021 When Raphael Wright set out to open a supermarket in Detroit more than four years ago, he had his sights on competing with…

‘Habari Gani, Waddup Doe’: Black Woman Brings Kwanzaa to Detroit with Online Shop, KwanzaaMe  

Many holidays are celebrated across the U.S. in December. Two of the most prominent ones are Christmas and Hanukkah. Another holiday celebrated by millions in the U.S. and around the…

Western Michigan University to Fund 1,350 Student Scholarships with Historic Empowering Futures Gift

Detroit Institute of Arts Launches Exhibit Featuring 15 Black Photographers’ Visual Activism Work, Dec. 17 

} On Dec. 17, 2021, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will open its new exhibition titled “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion”. The traveling exhibit will spotlight 15 emerging contemporary…

Minority-Owned Tech Company Launches the First Smartphone That Pays You Back for Everyday Use

Black Enterprise Jeroslyn Johnson Dec. 10, 2021 If you’re going to live on your smartphone, why not get paid for it? That was the thought behind ZmBIZI launching the first-ever smartphone…

Detroit Artist Jonathan Harris Strikes a Nerve Around the World with ‘Critical Race Theory’ Painting

Detroit Metro Times Omo Misha Dec. 12, 2021 For the past six months emerging Detroit artist and curator Jonathan Harris had been preparing new work for a solo exhibition at…

Dana White: The First Black Woman to Franchise a National Hair Salon

Travel Noire Parker Diakite Dec. 10, 2021 Dana White has become the first Black woman to franchise a hair salon business after launching a national campaign to do so. Yes, in 2021…

Detroiters Can Fight Blight for $15 an Hour and Get Job Training in New $75M Program

Detroit Free Press Nushrat Rahman Dec. 8, 2021 Detroiters can now apply to work for $15 an hour and get job training at the same time through a new city program. The Skills…

Snap Inc. Rolls Out First Content Accelerator Program for Diverse Creators

Black Enterprise Jeffrey McKinney Dec. 8, 2021 Snap Inc. is making diversity, equity, and inclusion a top focus for diverse creators. The social media company is rolling out 523, its…

Reimagine Main Street, U.S. Black Chambers Among Partners Launching Application for ‘Backing Black Business’ Grant Program for Black Women

On Dec. 8, 2021, Reimagine Main Street and its presenting partners, Black Girl Ventures, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy, launched the application for the Backing Black Business small…

PepsiCo and 11 Partners Develop Initiative to “Dig In and Support Racial Equality” for Black Restaurateurs

As part of its five-year $50 million commitment to help set Black restaurateurs up for success, PepsiCo launched Pepsi Dig In, an initiative created to “dig in and support racial equality.” It partnered with the…

Chamber’s Bernard Parker Named Michigan Chronicle 2021 Men of Excellence Honoree

Black-led $10.8M Apartment Project Breaks Ground on Detroit’s West Side

The Detroit News Candace Williams Dec. 7, 2021 Developers celebrated Tuesday the groundbreaking of a $10.8 million apartment building on Detroit’s west side. The 38-unit Sawyer Art Apartments at 7303…

Inspired by the Social Justice Movement, Black Entrepreneurship Rises

NBC News Curtis Bunn Dec. 7, 2021 Sisters-in-law Ashley Billings and Zoe Baker both knew they could be strong business partners. After talking all summer last year, Baker took their…

Detroit’s ‘Hustling’ Spirit is Alive and Well on 6 Mile – Bridge Detroit

Bridge Detroit Bryce Huffman Nov. 23, 2021 William “Snook” Russell owns Snook’s Klassik Kutz on West McNichols. Snook wishes City officials did more to promote the businesses in the Hubbell-Puritan…

Detroit Breaks Ground on First Healthy Housing Center for Homeless

Click on Detroit Ken Haddad Nov. 30, 2021 DETROIT – The City of Detroit has broken ground on the second and final phase of the city’s first Healthy Housing Center (DHHC),…

Explore the Intersection of the Beauty and Struggle of Being Black at Detroit Art Exhibit Until Jan. 8

Explore the multilayered narratives of Blackness at the art exhibition, Multifaceted: A Retrospective of Work by Jason Philips. Curated by Chelsea Flowers, the exhibit showcases the work of Philips, a…

Panel: How Teaching Critical Race Theory in Schools Prepares Youth to Create an Equitable Future

Key Takeaways: Critical race theory (CRT) is the exploration of how history has shaped today’s American social institutions, but it has become a catchall for anything related to diversity, equity,…

Detroit Teacher and Youth Restoring Idlewild, the Historical Vacation Spot for Black People

Black Enterprise Nov. 17, 2021 Jeroslyn Johnson Thanks to a former teacher in Detroit, many will be reminded that Idlewild is more than just a movie starring the rap group…

Panel of Detroit Women Talk Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Small Businesses, the Detroit Hustle, and Affordable Capital 

 Key Takeaways: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is not a favor. It is a good financial business decision.   DEI requires focusing on the largest and smallest businesses to…

Survey Results: Supporting Detroit Minority Businesses Through Access to Capital

Top Women Leaders in Michigan’s Cannabis Industry Talk Challenges, Resources, and Social Equity During Nov. 9 Panel

In 2008, Michigan became the 13th state in the United States to legalize medical cannabis. Ten years later, a 56% vote legalized recreational cannabis with licensed sales starting in 2019. With…

Detroit Children’s Fund Partners with Four of Detroit’s Nonprofit Charter School Networks to Reduce Racial Equity Gap and Create Opportunities for High School Students

The Detroit region currently has some of the largest racial equity gaps in the U.S. One of those gaps is the white and Black college graduation rates, with 60% white…

EMU Invites Michigan Entrepreneurs to Apply for the Executive Certificate in Entrepreneurship and $25,000 Venture Challenge to Launch Their Start-up

Crain’s Detroit Business Nov. 8, 2021 Eastern Michigan University The Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University is launching a new program, supported by university alumni and community partners, to…

Recap: Aligning Your External DEI Commitments to Your Internal Organization

First Muslim and Arab American Mayors Make History in Wayne County Mayoral Races

Detroit College Set to Make History as First Closed HBCU to Ever Reopen

The Plug Oct. 19, 2021 Martha Donastorg In 1928, The Lewis College of Business was founded by Violet Lewis with $50 and a mission to provide Black women education and…

NAACP Acquires Ownership Stake In Hello Alice To Empower Black Entrepreneurs

AfroTech Oct. 28, 2021 Samantha Dorisca The NAACP has sealed a partnership with Hello Alice, and it’s a pinnacle moment for Black entrepreneurs. In hopes of creating a new future for Black…

$750,000 Knight Foundation grant to expand pilot Wi-Fi initiative in Detroit’s North End

Crain’s Detroit Business Oct. 29, 2021 Sherri Welch A grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will help expand high-speed Wi-Fi access in Detroit’s North End neighborhood.…

VH1 Explores What it Means ‘Growing Up Black’ in Detroit for Digital Series

The Detroit News Oct. 26, 2021 Maureen Feighan Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore is one of several artists and business owners featured in VH1’s “Growing Up Black: Detroit.” Daniel Mears,…

Kresge Foundation Among First Annual City of Detroit Arts and Culture Honorees

Detroit Free Press Oct. 27, 2021 Duante Beddingfield Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan commemorated International Artist Day this week with an announcement of the inaugural Detroit ACE Honors, which salute achievement…

Report: Black Women Most Likely to Take Advantage of Educational Options Offered By Employers

$50 Million Minority-Owned Cannabis Facility Breaks Ground in Detroit

Former NBA All-Star Chris Webber broke ground on a $50 million cannabis operations and training center in Detroit’s trendy Corktown neighborhood. Players Only, a Black-owned business that Webber co-founded with entrepreneur Lavetta…

Panel: How Black- and Diverse-Owned Small Businesses Can Access Funding

  Key Takeaways Start building a relationship with financial institutions and lenders before you need capital. According to Jones, “waiting until you need capital to build that relationship is too…

Michigan Awarded Economic Development Grant from U.S. Commerce Department

Stellantis, National Business League Launch Black Supplier Development Pilot

    Crain’s Detroit Business Kurt Nagel Stellantis and the National Business League have started a supplier development program intended to boost 13 Black-owned businesses initially and 3 million in…

Michigan Women Forward’s Annual WomanUp & Pitch Competition Returns, Apply by Nov. 10

Michigan Women Forward (MWF), the only public, statewide foundation devoted to Michigan women and girls’ economic and personal well-being, is looking for women entrepreneurs who want to start or grow…

Black Silicon Valley CEO Eric Kelly’s New Tool Could Bridge the Tech Diversity Gap

Silicon Valley CEO Eric Kelly has always been frustrated by the myth among corporate executives that finding Black talent in the tech industry is a challenge. Kelly fortified the staff of…

Michigan Sites Significant to Black History Given More than $1 Million in Restoration Grants

Michigan has a rich heritage when it comes to the Civil Rights movement and Black history, and current efforts are being made to ensure that it’s not forgotten. Five Michigan…

Former Nike designer plans to reopen Michigan’s only HBCU

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have seen a steady increase in interest and enrollment since 2017, which many have directly correlated with the state of politics and the election of…

Chase for Business Honors and Highlights Black Businesses During Free Virtual Black Entrepreneurs Day Event, Oct. 14

The second annual Black Entrepreneurs Day, presented by Chase for Business, returns to the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. The free event to honor…

An Invitation to People Serious About Equity: Founder and CEO of Black Leaders Detroit, Dwan Dandridge, Reflects on the Ride for Equity and Mackinac Policy Conference

How Walker-Miller Energy Services is Changing the Future of Energy Efficiency by Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Detroit Woman Launches Luxury Wine Brand, Looks to Shake Up Industry

DETROIT – A new wine hitting shelves at stores is normally not a big deal, but this one is different. Opulence Wine, the new Detroit wine brand that launched Thursday,…

Report: Women of Color Only Account for 4% of C-Suite Positions, While White Men and Women Succeed Them

For many Black women, getting love from U.S. companies continues to be an ongoing battle. More than a year after an increased focus on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEI),…

Business Leaders Encourage Uncomfortable Conversations to Advance Workplace Equity

Investing in Minority Entrepreneurship is not Philanthropic, It’s Business

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…

To Contribute to Economic Growth, ‘You’ve Got to Invest Deeply in Your Culture,’ Panel Says

Investing in Health Equity: The Impact of Mobilizing and Policy by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Henry Ford Health System, and PwC

Poverty to Prosperity: Investing in People Over Place

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

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