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Unemployment Rate Dips In LA County In March
April 16, 2021
The 11.3% rate was still well above the pre-pandemic rate of 5.4% in March 2020. ... read more »
Stephanie Wiggins Appointed CEO of L.A. Metro
April 15, 2021
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors gathered to discuss Stephanie Wiggins’ new role as CEO of the company, leading L.A. Metro. ... read more »
La Create Sp_ce Creates Community Wealth Under One Roof
April 15, 2021
Working as the foundation for many Black-owned businesses is the co-working facility LA Create Sp_ce. Located in Inglewood, California, sits a two-story building with 2,600 square feet of innovation and productivity. Owners Marisa and Terrell Johnson break down the values of LA Create Sp_ce and the significance of creating a supportive environment for people of color and their businesses.   ... read more »
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Post & Beam – A Taste of Black Excellence 
April 15, 2021
The robust flavors found in their soul food match the warmth given by their staff, Post & Beam has created an ambiance that is authentic to the collective community. ... read more »
Lineworker Scholarship to Help Increase Diversity in Skilled Trades
April 15, 2021
Edison International launches its first scholarship to increase diversity among SCE’s craft lineworkers, with an initial focus on attracting Black participants. ... read more »
A year of COVID-19 brought record consumer debt and collection complaints 
April 15, 2021
After more than a year of COVID-19, the nation’s collective ability to cope with dual public health and economic crises has diminished many consumers’ ability to remain financially stable. While this February’s national employment report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a net gain of 379,000 jobs and white unemployment dropped to 5.6%, there was no corresponding improvement for Black and Latino workers. Instead, unemployment was respectively higher at 9.9% and 8.5%.    ... read more »
With Eviction Cliff Extended, Here’s How Millions Can Keep Their Homes 
April 15, 2021
That range highlights the need for federal intervention — both continuing the moratorium, which happened this morning, and additional assistance that will help not only struggling renters but also their landlords, such as the $45 billion in rental assistance in the recently passed federal stimulus bill. ... read more »
General Motors Announces 400 Percent Increase in Ad Spending with Black-Owned Media
April 15, 2021
General Motors officials said it would be more productive to host a series of meetings involving a more extensive mix of Black-owned media publishers and executives. “To ensure that our conversations are both substantive and constructive, we are going to postpone [the originally scheduled meeting] and reschedule it into a series of smaller conversations that take place over the next few weeks,” GM global Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl told the executives. ... read more »
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Black Women Making Boss Moves
April 15, 2021
Three black-women radio stations across the country, teamed up to form an Independent Black Media Consortium and recognize local black female trailblazers during Women’s History Month with the #LevelUp campaign. ... read more »
Los Angeles World Airports Launches Online Portal For Certification
April 13, 2021
Los Angeles World Airports today launched an online portal for vendors to apply for certifications that helps businesses owned by socially or economically disadvantaged people to compete for airport contracts. ... read more »
LA Regional COVID Fund Will Provide $4.7 Million to Personal Care; Retail Small Businesses
April 9, 2021
Top financial institutions have concluded that while most businesses were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses within the personal care and retail sectors will have a longer path to recovery than most, having seen a 45% decrease in revenue in 2020. ... read more »
 Target to Spend more than $2B at Black-owned Businesses
April 8, 2021
Target will spend a total of more than $2 billion at Black-owned businesses by 2025 as part of its effort to advance racial equity. ... read more »
L.A. Metro Board To Appoint Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins as Metro CEO
April 8, 2021
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is scheduled to appoint Stephanie Wiggins, current CEO of Metrolink, to lead L.A. Metro. The current L.A. ... read more »
CDC Small Business Finance Program Brings Business Banking Opportunities Directly to the People
April 8, 2021
Robert Villarreal is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles Branch of the CDC Small Business and Finance Program.  Villareal is unapologetic about his passion for creating financial opportunities to local businesses and people in communities of color.  ... read more »
Pamela Smith Named First Black Woman Chief of U.S. Park Police
April 8, 2021
At the United States Park Police, Chief Pamela Smith will lead a 560-member workforce that protects the public, parks, and the nation’s most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. ... read more »
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