Historically, Black-owned businesses have served as gathering spots in our communities, providing a strong sense of ownership and belonging. And today, as more Black businesses come online, they’re creating new pathways for economic opportunity and generational wealth in the Black community.
In that spirit, we wanted to host virtual gathering spots during Black History Month.
We kicked the month off with a social campaign featuring notable Chicagoans who offer sage advice for small businesses in Chicago hard hit by the pandemic. (A replay of the campaign will be featured throughout WBC social this weekend to close out Black History Month. Follow us.)
At mid-month, Jazmin Garcia, Senior Business Resource Manager, ChiBizHub, hosted the Hub’s virtual networking event “Abriendo Puertas” (Opening Doors) where we enjoyed 1:1 access to, and conversation with, respected Chicagoans well-known for their passion and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and racial justice:
Andrea L. Zopp, Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue
Candace Moore, Chief Equity Officer, City of Chicago
Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago
And, to round out our month of virtual gatherings, Jazmin went 1:1 with Facebook’s own Judy Toland, Vice President, Head of Scaled Solutions & Global Business Marketing, Head of Chicago Facebook Office. Click below to view the conversation.