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Welcome to the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) website! We look forward to your support! 

The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts is created to support the advancement of the economic well-being of: 

Black owned businesses

Organizations that serve the Black community

Black residents in Massachusetts

 

Here are some of the statistics that BECMA was created to address:

  • Net Asset (avg.): Boston Blacks $700 vs Whites $256,500
  • Unbanked: Boston Blacks 27% vs. Whites 8%
  • Income Inequality: Boston #1 worst city in the country
  • Homeownership: Boston Blacks 31% vs Whites 68%
  • Unemployment: Boston Blacks 13% vs Whites 6.2%
  • Educational Attainment Stark Differences in Massachusetts
  • Falling Number of Top Black Businesses in Massachusetts
  • Boston Builders Are Missing Their Diversity Targets
  • Boston CDC’s role in Black Economic Development

 

Black economic development will require immediate and long term community action, leadership and outside-the-box solutions. We know that there are many people, both within and outside the Black community, who are ready to join us and committed to roll up their sleeves and get to work. This effort will require all of us.

Join, volunteer and donate to the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts today!

  • From the blog

    2017 Mid Year Update

    We are proud to share the accomplishments of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) since our Annual Meeting in November.

    Much progress has been made…yet there’s a lot more work to be done. Here are some of our activities:

    1.      Inclusionary Language for Contracts:

    BECMA presented to Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ashe and Massachusetts State President Stanley C. Rosenberg inclusionary language that we recommend the administration and all the authorities adopt to ensure greater inclusion especially for black businesses. We are working with elected officials to implement this inclusionary language in all RFPs at both the municipal and state level. 

     

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    What Happened at Our 2016 Annual Meeting?

    The 2016 BECMA Annual & Community Meeting held on November 9, 2016 was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated and…importantly…volunteered and hosted!

    Here are the results:

    The proposed slate for the BECMA Board of Directors was unanimously approved. Thank you! We’ve now expanded our board to include directors from Worcester and other parts of the Commonwealth establishing BECMA as a state wide organization. Our first board meeting will be held on November 20th.

    We launched our #BuyBlack Campaign by distributing a list of over 500 BECMA Certified Black Owned Businesses. This list can be found by clicking HERE

    We ask everyone to use this list to do more business with Black owned businesses. In the development of BECMA, we have used Black owned firms for almost everything including legal services, website development, printing, event planning, food services, advertisements and internships. We seek to lead by example! We will be promoting our #BuyBlack campaign, pushing policy initiative for a more inclusive economy and surveying Black owned businesses annually to measure our results.

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