Apple Growth Partners (AGP), a Cleveland accounting firms is launching a new program to assist black-owned businesses in the area. The program, Increase Minority Professional’s Awareness and Create Traction, or IMPACT, was created by AGP’s tax manager A’Shira Nelson and audit and assurance manager Sunny Adams, who will also be directing the program.
The goal of the program “is to increase Black business owners’ financial network while creating traction for change. IMPACT was developed to support the growth of Black-owned businesses by eliminating some of the barriers uniquely experienced by these businesses.” Nelson and Adams shared.
AGP chairman Chuck Mullen shared a statement saying , “We’ve recognized Black and minority business owners may not have access to advisors that look like them, and this is a problem. We want to represent the diversity of business owners across Northeastern Ohio, and through IMPACT, A’Shira and Sunny can drive our firm’s efforts for these entrepreneurs,”
If you would like more information on IMPACT visit their website.
Article Source: Cleveland Business Journal
Image Credit: Submitted to Cleveland Business Journal. AGP. Left, Sunny Adams, right A’Shira Nelson
One thing that can be admitted by leaders in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania is that they are fragmented. This created in issue for The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley when it came to the disbursement of thousands of dollars in grants to businesses impacted by Covid-19. How could they know who needed the help?
To solve, at least part, of this problem the African American Coalition of Easton was created. The AACE serves as a clearinghouse of information on the local businesses and nonprofits. The coalition launched the last week of 2020 with the first task of creating a directory website where information can be found about local Black-owned businesses and resources.
To accomplish the goals set out by the coalition, they were awarded $30,000 of the United way funds. The majority of these funds will be awarded back to businesses and organizations who have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000. A portion of the funds not awarded in grants will go toward an app that helps to spread the word about the local Black community.
If you’re a business owner in the Easton area and would like to apply, check out the AACE website
Source: Lehigh Valley Live
Image Source: AACE
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