$1K Grants for Black Owned Small Businesses

As a small business owner, I wanted to rally support for Black-owned small businesses in the Chicagoland area and raise money to help them during COVID-19 and all the civil unrest as Crisis Relief. Yes, there are funding options (mostly loans) out there to try and alleviate the burden on small businesses, BUT they are also geared toward the larger small businesses. Funding options like the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund and more are loans - what about the Black-owned businesses who can't take a loan because it might not be a viable option for the business right now? This is our time to help and do it TOGETHER!

Some of the greatest services we receive as customers are from a one-person show, so what are they doing now after many of them have had to close their doors? How are they surviving? Let's help them.

As I thought about this more, I quickly understood how important this is to the livelihood of our small businesses, especially Black-owned businesses! I wanted to start with a small goal to help at least 15 - 25 businesses and raise money to give directly to them. This is the SECOND ROUND of fundraising.  The first round of fundraising took place on Facebook. ALL of the donations GOES DIRECTLY TO THE BUSINESSES!

If we raise an additional $15,000 we will be giving $1000 grants to 25 Black owned businesses! But, the more we raise, the more they will get so let’s start our SECOND PUSH NOW!


Black Entrepreneur Collective
Flossmoor, IL

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