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April 2019

Thursday, April 25 - Council Hearing

Tuesday, April 23 - Opportunity Zone Followup

Monday, April 8 - New partnership

March 2019

Tuesday, March 5 - New office announcement

February 2019

Monday, February 18 - Solutions Series Recap

 

Vol.2019 No.11 - April 25 Council Hearing


 
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I wanted to let you know that the Boston City Council "Hearing Regarding Equity in City of Boston Procurement and Purchasing" has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 2nd at 3:00pm in the Council's Iannella Chamber.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our brief survey to help shape BECMA's public testimony. Your comments were helpful and we look forward to sharing your recommendations on making the procurement process more accessible and beneficial for Black businesses with the City Council.

If you want to deliver your own testimony, or cannot attend the hearing in person but want the City Council to know where you stand, here is a little information about the process to help you prepare:
  • Depending on turnout, members of the public usually have 2-5 minutes to speak
  • We strongly encourage writing out your testimony and offering highlights when you speak
  • You can email your testimony to ccc.go@boston.gov or print out 15 copies for each City Councilor
  • For any questions, contact the Council liaison at christine.odonnell@boston.gov
  • If you cannot attend in person, you can stream the hearing live at boston.gov/city-council-tv
Thank you, *|FNAME|*. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the hearing. We look forward to seeing you there!

  Sincerely,

  Segun Idowu
  Executive Director
NAACP Convention: Opportunity for Progress
Earlier this month, we posted our thoughts on the coming NAACP convention in 2020. In it, we highlight the immense opportunity this provides for our community, as well as our recommendations for goals that the city of Boston and the Commonwealth must accomplish in order to make it a more equitable and welcoming place for Black residents and businesses. Use this link to read our comments on our website. Be sure to share them with your networks, and let us know what you think!
Upcoming BECMA + Partner Events
Due to time conflicts and unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing our final April programs with new dates to be announced shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience they may have caused.
We are calling all small business owners interested in participating in the ICCC accelerator initiative to review information about the program and email us if you wish to be nominated!
If you are a small business owner, we encourage you to join our partners at the Lawyers Committee on May 2nd for their small business legal clinic to speak with an attorney about your unique legal needs. Click for more details.
Join our partners at The Collier Connection, along with LiteWork Events and the Boston Young Black Professionals, for BLACK BOSTON NIGHT OUT. The event will take place on Friday, May 10th from 8–11 PM in the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. It will feature performing artists, fashion presentations, and a vendor showcase. Click for more details.
We are partnering with Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) this year for their 30th Annual Conference. The event invites businesses, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to share ideas and make plans for how we can take the next concrete steps to create a more just and sustainable Massachusetts. This year's theme is Building a Local, Green, and Fair Economy Now! The Conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, catered lunch, and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in Massachusetts.
We are joining Lawyer's for Civil Rights on their annual BizGrow event, a free event designed to connect existing and potential small business owners with free legal and business support. Learn more here.
Earlier this year, we announced our strategic partnership with the Bay State Banner. 

Take a moment to review the BECMA member-only opportunities for your business to save on advertising to New England's Black community!
Dunkin' Brands is Hiring!
Click for more details

Encore Vendor Opportunities
Click for more details

Massport Airport Car Rental
Click for more details
Summer Grad Student Policy Fellow
Click for more details

The Partnership Opportunities
Click for more details

Vanguard Corp.
Click for more details
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Vol.2019 No.10 - April 23 Opportunity Zone Followup


 
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Thank you so much to all who were able to join us at our Opportunity Knocks event on April 15th! Whether in person or via live-stream, all left the discussion better informed on the nature of opportunity zones and the potential impact they can have on our communities. Take a moment to let us know how we did to ensure successful future programming.

We are especially grateful to Oscar Perry Abello, Senior Economics Correspondent at Next City who gave an introduction to opportunity zones; Rep. Chynah Tyler, who discussed the potential impact of opportunity zones on her district -- Roxbury and Dorchester -- as well as legislation she introduced to include community in the conversation; Steve Grossman, CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), who shared the group's recommendations on how to make opportunity zones work for the community; and Darnell Johnson, Regional Coordinator for Right to the City Boston, who discussed his organizations' campaign to prevent gentrification and increase the availability of affordable housing.

BECMA, our partners at the Boston Ujima Project, and our event sponsor, LISC Boston, sought to convene all stakeholders - residents, community organizations, developers, elected officials, and investors - to begin the process of creating standards that will guide the development process in each designated opportunity zone. This was just the first of those conversations. 
Please stay tuned for our announcement of upcoming discussions in a neighborhood near you!

You will find below materials from our discussion, as well as information on who helped to make the evening a true success. You can also find presentations, materials, and photos from the event on our website.

Be sure to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding this event.


  Sincerely,

  Segun Idowu
  Executive Director

 

Materials Vendors
We are partnering with Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) this year for their 30th Annual Conference. The event invites businesses, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to share ideas and make plans for how we can take the next concrete steps to create a more just and sustainable Massachusetts. This year's theme is Building a Local, Green, and Fair Economy Now! The Conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, catered lunch, and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in MA. Click for more details.
If you are a small business owner, we encourage you to join our partners at the Lawyers Committee on May 2nd for their small business legal clinic to speak with an attorney about your unique legal needs. Click for more details.
Join our partners at The Collier Connection, along with LiteWork Events and the Boston Young Black Professionals, for BLACK BOSTON NIGHT OUT. The event will take place on Friday, May 10th from 8–11 PM in the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. It will feature performing artists, fashion presentations, and a vendor showcase. Click for more details.
We are calling all small business owners interested in participating in the ICCC accelerator initiative to review information about the program and email us if you wish to be nominated!

Check out these important opportunities!

Earlier this year, we announced our strategic partnership with the Bay State Banner. 

Take a moment to review the BECMA member-only opportunities for your business to save on advertising to New England's Black community!
Dunkin' Brands is Hiring!
Click for more details

Encore Vendor Opportunities
Click for more details

Massport Airport Car Rental
Event on April 30, 2019
Summer Grad Student Policy Fellow
Click for more details

Encore Boston is Hiring!
Event on April 24, 2019

Vanguard Corp.
Click for more details
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Vol.2019 No.7 - April 8 New partnership


 
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BECMA is proud to announce a new partnership with Interise, one of the nation's premier business growth organizations. By working alongside Interise, we are able to connect our business members with their StreetWise 'MBA' program, which shares valuable resources that help scale up businesses to prepare them for more lucrative opportunities.



With this new partnership, BECMA is prepared to cover a portion of the program fee for our members! If you wish to learn more about the qualifications of the program, sign up to become a member today. Additional details of the program, along with information from our new partner, will be shared with our members shortly.

Thank you, *|FNAME|*, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
 Sincerely,

 Segun Idowu
 Executive Director

Many conversations have been held about the potential impact of the new Opportunity Zone program on the city of Boston, but none have been held in the neighborhoods designated as Opportunity Zones. BECMA, in partnership with the Boston Ujima Project and LISC Boston, is changing this by convening a conversation meant to bring all stakeholders -- residents, business owners, developers, investors, civic and nonprofit organizations -- to the table between two Boston Opportunity Zones located in Roxbury and Dorchester. Learn more here.

Our monthly Advoceats program is a new way of connecting our members and other small business owners directly with their elected representatives. We are providing stakeholders with the opportunity to hear the legislative priorities of the representatives and to advocate for issues. This is a member- and invite-only program at our office. RSVP required as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Not a member? Sign up here.

We are proud to partner with MDK Brand Management to provide the first in a series of "Building A Bankable Brand" workshops to equip our members and budding entrepreneurs with the proper tools to build a new or better brand for their business. Workshops will be led by Denise Kaigler, a brand consultant who has worked with major Fortune 500 companies. We are providing a significantly discounted session along with networking opportunities. Learn more here.

(x)CHANGE: A Business Network for the Rest of Us
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Ghost Walks
57 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

The Bay State Banner’s “Money Talk II
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:30 AM
RCC, Academic Building 3, Student Commons 
1234 Columbus Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02120

Access to Business Law: Entity Formation
Monday, April 22, 2019, 6:00 PM
Lawyers for Civil Rights
61 Batterymarch Street, 5th Floor 
Boston, MA 02110

RCC and Fenway CDC Career Fair
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:30 PM
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Boston Commercial Real Estate Summit: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 4:30 PM
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Mass Innovation Nights in Grove Hall
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00 PM
Thelma D. Burns Building
575 Warren Street
Boston, MA 02121

5th Annual Engage and Connect
Monday, May 20, 2019, 10:00 AM
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Ave., New England Room - 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Roxbury Innovation Center Pitch Night
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5:30 PM
Roxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02119

Check out these important opportunities!

Dunkin' Brands is Hiring!
Click for more details

Encore Vendor Opportunities
Click for more details

Massport Airport Car Rental
Click for more details
Rockland Trust - Small Biz Contest
Deadline March 25, 2019

Encore Boston is Hiring!
Click for more details

Vanguard Corp.
Click for more details
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Vol.2019 No.5 - March 5 New office announcement


 
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*|FNAME|*, I wanted to share a message from our partners at the US Small Business Administration:
 
The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides participants with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities. 

The Emerging Leaders Initiative has aided over 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses.  Over the course of seven months, participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community.

This training is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business.  Eligibility and requirements include:
  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self
The program is free of charge and will run from April 2019 to October 2019.  Interested small business owners may register their interest by applying online by Friday, March 8th at: www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders
 
Thank you Rep. Jon Santiago (D-9th Suffolk) for supporting MIDA Boston's Community Through Hospitality Initiatve!
(l-r: Segun Idowu, Chef Douglass Williams, Rep. Jon Santiago)
WE HAVE A NEW OFFICE!
We are excited to share that we have a new office at WeWork, a co-working and private office space provider with locations all over the world. We believe it is important to collaborate with Black businesses and organizations and have a voice at the table with elected and appointed government officials. In order to continue connecting our member businesses to important contract opportunities and individual members to family-sustaining jobs, we determined that this move will put us in direct contact with those whose decisions impact our goals. We look forward to welcoming our members to our new space through future programming!
Massachusetts Slowly Moves Forward With Opportunity Zone Projects
BisNow (February 21, 2019)
Workism Is Making Americans Miserable
The Atlantic (February 24, 2019)
Developers present plans for Dudley Square parcels
Bay State Banner (February 27, 2019)
Baker renews call for housing bill
Commonwealth Magazine (February 27, 2019)
Entrepreneur left corporate world for niche haircut business
Bay State Banner (February 27, 2019)
The ‘heartbreaking’ decrease in black homeownership
The Washington Post (February 28, 2019)
Boston Wants to Flip More Market-Rate Apartments into Affordable Housing
Next City (February 28, 2019)
Manufacturing’s second act
Bay State Banner (March 1, 2019)
Citing Demographic Challenges, UMass Announces Plans To Create Online College
WGBH News (March 4, 2019)
Tito Jackson: Cannabis Shops Would 'Lift Communities That Have Been Left Behind'
WBUR (March 4, 2019)
Paid Family Leave Gains Momentum In States As Bipartisan Support Grows
WGBH News (March 5, 2019)
Opioid Epidemic Town Hall
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:00 PM
McKinley Elementary School
90 Warren Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Building Black Wealth Monthly Series
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6:00pm 
1234 Columbus Avenue, Bldg. 3, Rm 121,
Roxbury, MA 02120

North Shore Business Expo
Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 8:00am
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom
50 Ferncroft Road - Danvers, MA

Boston Youth Job & Resource Fair
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:00am
Reggie Lewis Center Track and Athletic Center
1483 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02120

The Bay State Banner’s “Money Talk II: Making a Financial Impact on Yourself”
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:30 AM
Roxbury Community College
Academic Building 3, Student Commons 
1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02120

Roxbury Community College and Fenway CDC Career Fair
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 12:30 PM
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

BizGrow 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 1:00 PM
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Check out these important opportunities!

Suffolk Construction is Hiring!
Click for more details

Encore Vendor Opportunities
Click for more details

Union apprenticeship opportunities
Click for more details
Encore Boston is Hiring!
Click for more details

Center for Responsive Schools
RFP opportunity for CPA's (inquire within)

Vanguard Corp.
Click for more details
 
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Vol.2019 No.2 - February 18 Solutions Series Recap