Earlier this month, Beyoncé's foundation, BeyGOOD and NAACP, announced a partnership to award $10,000 grants to Black-owned small businesses affected by "recent events across the country."
"Over the last couple of months, the pandemic and outpours for justice throughout the Black community and across the country has been felt in every imaginable area of our lives, including in how our local businesses continue to operate," the NAACP website reads. "The challenges of Black business owners navigating in the climate cannot be understated, as the effects of uprisings across the nation have led to many businesses being placed in dire straits due to damages and other small business needs."
Beyoncé first launched BeyGOOD in 2013 as a global initiative to encourage others to be kind to each other, the community, and the world at large. Since, the foundation has partnered with programs to help communities across the United States, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
While this initiative only applies to businesses in certain US cities, we hope it impels other entrepreneurs to help black businesses thrive and start the conversation of diversity in the workplace. We’ll be keeping an eye out to see what progress happens in Europe and other parts of the globe.
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