U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.: The latest news for you

Your monthly news & updates
As we previously announced last week, the Biden Administration recently released its full budget proposal for FY22. Our partners at the Prism Group created a memo that includes a section-by-section breakdown of notable agency-and program-wide authorizations and appropriations as proposed by President Biden. It’s important to note that this $6 trillion proposal includes $2 trillion in funding for the American Jobs Plan, and $1.8 trillion for the American Families Plan. As lawmakers consider the President’s proposal, USBC will continue to monitor the FY22 appropriations cycle and will be sure to keep you in the loop on any changes to this space in the coming weeks. Read the full memorandum here.
The Department of Labor announced its Spring 2021 regulatory agenda which includes a series of anticipated regulatory actions as required by the recent Executive Order 12866. The regulatory docket comprises several actions that could likely impact the labor force and small businesses if implemented. These actions are set to include: (1) Increase Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage, (2) Modernize the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulation and (3) Labor Investments on Tackling Climate Change.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Black Americans are 1.1 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white Americans, are 2.9 times more likely to need hospitalization and 1.9 times more likely to die of the disease”. As President Biden plans to reopen operations throughout the nation, now more than ever is the time to pledge to get your shot and protect our urban communities. After you schedule your shot, claim your FREE roundtrip rideshare credits with ULyft after you schedule your vaccine! For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and to get involved, visit www.usblackchambers.org/vaccine.
USBC Presents: Juneteenth Celebration
We are hosting a Juneteenth Celebration Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11AM recognizing its significance in today’s battle for equality and social justice!
This free virtual livestream event hosted by Zakiya Larry and USBC President Ron Busby, Sr., featuring Charles O’neal, USBC Board Chair, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of On Juneteenth, spoken word poet Voice Porter and musical performers Howard Hewitt and Wayne Linsey, and other special guests.
Great coverage on the $3M in grants we’ve awarded through the American Express Coalition to Back Black Businesses Program! Congrats to our first cohort award recipients for turning their struggle into opportunity.
Back in December 2020, American Express announced the first cohort of 600 Black-owned small businesses, from distressed communities, in 33 states and 27 industries, that were awarded grants through the Coalition to Back Black Businesses. American Express established the Coalition to Back Black Businesses in September with a $10 million commitment to fund a grant program, over four years, to help Black-owned small businesses recover from the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. The Coalition is a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and four major Black chambers, including the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Business League, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy.
The CBBB is launching a new round of grants soon and black small business owners are encouraged to apply at webackblackbusinesses.com.
Upcoming Events and Webinars
“R3: Retool, Restore, Recover” Bootcamp with Wells Fargo
June 22-24, 2021 at 3PM EST
Get Ready to Lace Up Your Boots!
Facilitated by Marsha Lynn Hudson, Social Media and Branding Strategist, “Retool Bootcamp” will focus on teaching participants on “retooling” their businesses by developing new and innovative marketing tactics to meet the digital demand . Learn about the New Trends in Social Media for Entrepreneurs and how to engage and sell online with Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
The R3 Boot Camp is designed for small and diverse-owned businesses to help the owners navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in developing business continuity strategies during these uncertain times.
“The New Normal: Digital Marketing Series” with Grow with Google
Every Tuesday & Thursday at 5PM EST
A webinar series of Grow with Google content to cover all aspects of digital marketing you’ll need to thrive in this post COVID-19 economy.
The New Normal webinar series, led by digital marketing expert Sterling McKinley, will teach you how to use digital marketing to reach new customers, increase sales, and be more competitive. In this interactive and hands-on webinar series, we stay away from boring PowerPoint slides and boilerplate information. We’ll dive into digital marketing and answer your most pressing questions, sharing the best tips and secrets.
Advancing Black Entrepreneurs, by Chase for Business Financial Education Training
Advancing Black Entrepreneurs – a collection of practical resources to help Black business owners grow and scale their business. This Educational program specifically for Black business owners highlights topics that are vital to business growth and sustainability. These 90-minute guided digital sessions are focused on how business owners can address immediate and long-term financial needs to build resiliency.
Using Digital Tools to Enhance Customer Engagement Webinar
June 17, 2021 at 11AM EST
Digital marketing skills are necessary in any business if you are to make the most of the opportunities available – but is it worth it? What are the benefits? Join us with Marsha Lynn Hudson, Social Media & Branding Specialist to learn all about using digital tools to enhance customer engagement.
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