Last Thursday we had the opportunity to join the Boston City Council's Committee on Government Operations at a hearing sponsored by City Councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey to discuss the city's efforts to increase its spending with businesses owned be people of color. It was there that we learned that in FY2018, 28 out of 5,000+ contracts (0.55%) and $4.3 million (0.65%) out of $664 million had been awarded to minority-owned businesses.
These were alarming figures and we will be working with city officials over the next few weeks to reverse this trend.
We are grateful to all who were able to attend and share their own experiences with, as well as helpful feedback on, the city's procurement process. We are further grateful to Councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey for sponsoring the hearing, as well as to Councilors Michael Flaherty, Lydia Edwards, Ed Flynn, and Matt O'Malley who joined the hearing to listen to public testimony.
Whether you attended the hearing or were not able to, we encourage you to submit your thoughts to the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your concerns will help shape the actions of our legislative body moving forward.
As always, be sure to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support, *|FNAME|*.
Segun Idowu Executive Director
Business Resource Opportunities
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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. It's an opportunity to join in a collaborative effort to make practical and positive changes in our community and local economy. We believe that all of us are stronger through partnerships and collaborations! Register here.
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.