Vol.2019 No.18 - May 21 Legislative Agenda


We are proud to be able to share with you our statewide legislative agenda for the current session of the Massachusetts State Legislature! The legislation contained within will help to ensure the sustained growth of Black businesses and Black communities across the Commonwealth.

We invite you to review the document and call your individual representatives to encourage their support. Stay tuned for updates on our Lobby Day later this year when we will come together to collectively urge support of these important measures.

As circumstances change and new potential laws are introduced, this agenda will be updated to reflect these movements. Don't see a piece of legislation you believe should be supported by BECMA? Reach out to let us know!


  Segun Idowu
  Executive Director
BECMA: On-The-Move
BECMA joined Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Lydia Edwards to discuss the "Fair WorkWeek" ordinance and its impact on workers, particularly workers of color. The discussion was also joined by Tom McKeever, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Local 888; Marie Frances-Rivera, President of MA Budget and Policy Center; staff and members of the press.
We gathered alongside dozens of Boston residents, as well as City Councilors Kim Janey and Michelle Wu, who came together to honor the legacy and birth (May 19th) of Malcolm X and raise the Pan African flag over Boston City Hall Plaza. The event has consistently been organized by Jamarhl Crawford, founder of Blackstonian and a community activist.
Business Resource Opportunity
ICCC - Apply Today!
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!
Upcoming BECMA Programs
Join residents, local business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss the impact the new Opportunity Zone program will have on Roxbury. Click for more details.
The Guardian (April 27, 2019)

Few city contracts going to minorities
The Bay State Banner (May 8, 2019)

Democratizing Finance: Origins of the Community Development Financial Institutions Movement
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

2019 Massport Business Diversity Summit
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9:00 AM

Hilton Boston Logan Airport
One Hotel Drive
East Boston, MA 02128
SBN 30th Annual Conference
Friday, May 31, 2019, 8:00 AM
Natixis Investment Management
888 Boylston Street
Boston, 02199

Cannabis Crowdfunding: All-for-One. One-for-All
Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:00 PM

391 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
Doing business with the City: Business Certification Info Session
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 5:00 PM

CommonWealth Kitchen
196 Quincy Street
Boston, MA 02121
BizGrow 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 1:00 PM
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
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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2019 National MBE Study
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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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