BECMA: Learn About The City Of Boston’s New Grant, The Upcoming Update To The Color Of Wealth Study & More

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BECMA has more exciting news to share! Last week, our president, Nicole Obi, was sworn in on the Board of Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Program!

 

The program, administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), was created to strengthen and invest in community efforts that bring positive economic change to underfunded marginalized communities, especially those that have faced disproportionate incidences of criminalization and incarceration.

The accolades didn’t stop there, as Obi was also nominated to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2022 by her legislator!

We look forward to Obi being recognized as a Heroine on June 22nd as she continues to lead BECMA in advocating for economic empowerment for the Massachusetts Black community.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe featured BECMA twice this month, with the first instance taking place as critical discussions about the formation of a public bank continue. This has been a major point of focus for us and we will continue to collaborate with our partners at the Boston Ujima Project and Mass Public Banking to ensure that our state is providing equal access to capital to our businesses and communities. We want to thank Sen. Jamie Eldridge and State Representatives Mike Connolly and Nika Elugardo for their support on public banking.

Our second Boston Globe feature came as it was announced that the Color of Wealth study will be updated to examine the current wealth gap between Black and white households. This update is huge as the Color of Wealth study previously reported that while the average white household made a median net of $247,500, the average Black household made a median of just $8. It was this discovery that ultimately led to BECMA’s creation.

As far as the new update goes, Obi commented, “There’s so much opportunity in the Massachusetts economy around high-growth and high-paying jobs and careers, but what is happening in the Black community in that regard? How many people are engaged in the growth?

“Life sciences is booming in the state right now, [but] are we going to participate in that opportunity?”

With the opening of Nubian Markets in Nubian Square via Roxbury, hopefully, our nonstop efforts to create generational wealth will help bring our communities and Massachusetts on the whole one step closer to closing the racial wealth gap.

“This is where our allies come into play,” Obi said. “We see this as foundational and required to help close the racial wealth gap.”

, we hope you will continue to stand with us as a supporter and consider a gift to BECMA today by clicking here.

Your support will help enable our team to continue its work to close the racial wealth gap in Massachusetts by advancing the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations and residents through advocacy and strategic partnerships.

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BECMA Members! Join Us For Membership Orientation

On May 26 at 6:00 p.m., BECMA will host a one-hour Membership Orientation. This recurring, virtual, members-only event will allow you, our invaluable BECMA members, to engage with our membership and policy teams, learn a bit about BECMA’s current events and offerings and introduce yourselves. The BECMA team is excited to connect with you, and invites you to join us!

 

Register here.

 

Our Featured Member:

Guivens Andre of Amie

 

Guivens Andre is the founder of Amie, a sales training and recruitment agency that provides free sales training and job placements for people of color.

Andre encourages companies to publicly prove they are “woke” by joining the growing coalition of businesses dedicated to changing their hiring practices. According to Andre, Amie is focused on balancing software companies’ diversity with people of color.

“This industry is one that is expected to be worth over $700B six years from now, and also happens to be lucrative salary-wise,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable that people of color only make up four percent of tech companies in Mass.”

Learn more about Amie here.

Get Featured!

BECMA members, we want to highlight you! Click the link below to complete a questionnaire all about you and your organization. Once we receive your completed form, we will feature you on our website, social media pages and newsletter. Help us to get to know you better!

Fill out the form here.

Join Us At This Upcoming Event

Marketing & Cupcakes on May 23, 2022

Join BECMA for our new four-part virtual series, Marketing & Cupcakes, hosted by Myke Connolly of ®, a digital billboard truck company.

We know that when it comes to social media marketing, authenticity is essential. At MAC1, you’ll learn how to be yourself, share your story and let your genuine voice shine through in a way that will attract customers.

 

Register here.

SAVE THE DATE

Our annual Mass Black Expo is returning in September!

This hybrid event gives Black business owners the opportunity to virtually showcase their goods and services to institutional decision-makers, procurement officers and potential new local customers. It will also feature plenary sessions and practical workshops to share resources aimed to help grow emerging or existing businesses and create an ecosystem of Black entrepreneurship.

Keep an eye on our social media pages and newsletters in the coming weeks for more details about this impactful two-day event.

Having an event and need to promote it?

Reach out to comms@becma.org for sponsorship pricing!

City of Boston’s $15,000 Grant

Do you need help with rental space, equipment or inventory purchases, payroll, business bonding, insurance or operating capital? The City of Boston can give you a boost with up to $15,000 in grant money.

To be eligible, applicants must have good standing with the City of Boston and either have a certified MBE, WBE, VOSB or SLBE with the City of Boston’s Supplier Diversity Program, or be eligible to be certified and apply for certification before the Fund closes on May 20, 2022. Register here.

Love Your Block Mini-Grant

The City of Boston has returned with its Love Your Block Mini-Grant Program that allows community organizers to apply for up to $3,500 for cleanup or beautification projects in their neighborhood. Applications are open now through Friday, June 10.

 

Learn more about the grant here.

Job Postings

Get Into Tech With The Help of Amie

Amie is a sales training and recruitment agency founded by University of Massachusetts Boston alumnus Guivens Andre. The agency seeks to promote workforce diversity by hiring more people of color, and is currently looking to help 7 to 10 people with their job search. The ideal candidate is a person of color who lives in the Boston area and is interested in working in tech. If this sounds like you, email your resume to contact@amiejobs.com.

 

Massport Is Looking for a Controller

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is looking for a controller who will be responsible for the proper accounting and reporting of the Authority’s assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, cash flows and other appropriate accounts, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), accounting procedures prescribed under the Authority’s Trust Agreement and reports required under the Federal Uniform Guidance. If this sounds like you, please contact Mike Lewis at 617-568-3948 or visit becma.org/careers to learn more.

The Griffin Partnership Is Hiring a Senior Advisor for the Boston Green New Deal

The City of Boston seeks to hire a Cabinet-Level Senior Advisor to help implement a Boston Green New Deal  and lead our city towards a more equitable, sustainable green future. The Senior Advisor, working in close partnership with the Mayor, the Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space (EEO), the Chief of Operations, Chief of Streets, Chief of Planning, School Superintendent, and other senior city officials will have primary responsibility for driving the initiatives of the Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery plan laid out by Mayor Wu.

 

The Senior Advisor will have the opportunity to shape an all-of-government approach to climate and equity-led governance and help make Boston a groundbreaking model of city leadership.

 

For more information, please contact Sybil R. Griffin at sgriffin@thegriffinpartnership.com or 313 549-5925

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