Vol.2019 No.2 - February 18 Solutions Series Recap

On February 11th, we were excited to welcome business leaders, industry experts, elected officials, local residents, and BECMA members to Roxbury Community College's Media Arts Center for our Second Annual Solutions Series. Whether you participated in person or joined us via live-stream, all walked away with valuable insight into the work being done to address racial and economic disparities in the Commonwealth.

We began the program honoring two individuals whose businesses are having a substantial economic impact on our communities. Mr. Marvin Gilmore received our 2019 Lifetime Pinnacle Award, and Mr. Anthony Samuels received our 2019 Business Excellence Award. Following a short ceremony, we welcomed presentations about the Pacesetters initiative at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Business Equity Initiative at Eastern Bank, the role of the Boston Foundation in supporting the growth of Black businesses, and the creative efforts of WeWork to diversify all aspects of its business model. View the live-stream link to learn more!

Thank you to Roxbury Community College and their staff for supplying the space and equipment, and to all of the Black-owned businesses who provided supreme quality services that night:
MIDA Boston Announces Initiative to Support BECMA
From Chef/Owner Douglass Williams at MIDA Boston:

To celebrate Black History Month at MIDA we are welcoming guests Monday to Friday from 5 - 6PM for the entire month of February to enjoy a special happy hour menu complimented by signature cocktails.

The proceeds from these menu offerings will be donated to both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA).

The goal of our month long event is to bring people together to celebrate diversity in our great city and in the neighborhood we call home at the corner of the South End and Roxbury.

Thank you for your support of BECMA and the community, Chef Williams!
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! 
Getting workforce development right
Commonwealth Magazine (February 1, 2019)
5 Investments to Make in Yourself for Black History Month
LinkedIn (February 5, 2019)
The work's done right,
but not the same

Boston Globe (February 5, 2019)
5 Small Business Grants for Black Entrepreneur Women in 2019
Pasadena Black Pages (February 5, 2019)
Boston rolls out Economic Development Center
Boston Herald (February 7, 2019)
Celebrate Black History Month with Lyft
Lyft Blog (February 7, 2019)
Are Dudley businesses in peril?
Bay State Banner (February 13, 2019)
Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters
New York Times (February 14, 2019)
Brotherly Love: Ten Black Businessmen to Follow in 2019
Greater Now (February 14, 2019)
GE dims its Boston presence
Commonwealth Magazine (February 15, 2019)
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:00pm
Bruce C. Bolling Building
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Encore Boston Harbor Interviews
Sunday, Feb. 24 & Monday, Feb. 25, 7:00am
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

Take the Lead Career Summit
Monday, February 25, 2019, 5:00pm
46 Life Street
Boston, MA 02135
Building Black Wealth Monthly Series
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6:00pm 

1234 Columbus Avenue, Bldg. 3, Rm 121,
Roxbury, MA 02120

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

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

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Suffolk Construction is Hiring!
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Union apprenticeship opportunities
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Encore Boston is Hiring!
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Center for Responsive Schools
RFP opportunity for CPA's (inquire within)

Vanguard Corp.
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