Vol.2019 No.11 - April 25 Council Hearing


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!


  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!
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Encore Vendor Opportunities
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Massport Airport Car Rental
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Summer Grad Student Policy Fellow
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The Partnership Opportunities
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Vanguard Corp.
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