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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Small Businesses

Small businesses can still build a strong culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion – without a dedicated staff working only on these initiatives. Even without a single DEI or dedicated Human Resources contact, no matter what size your organization is, you can make DEI an important aspect of your company’s culture through commitment, ideas and …

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Affordable Clean Energy For All Coalition

Interest in reforming the state’s 25-year-old rooftop solar subsidy program – which unnecessarily increases electric bills for non-solar customers – continues to grow. Now, more than 100 diverse organizations representing low-income, seniors, faith-based, community and business have joined the Affordable Clean Energy for All Coalition, including the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. About 70% of …

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Small Business Relief Lending Trends: Online & Traditional Banks

According to new research, Black business owners are more likely to receive Paycheck Protection Program loans from online lenders, rather than from banks. Racial Bias still skews applicants in traditional systems, and the studies found that this problem was also more prevalent in smaller banks than in bigger financial institutions. The majority of Black borrowers …

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Do You Qualify for Free or Low Cost Broadband Services?

Do you qualify for free or low-coast broadband access? Many Californians do and simply don’t know about this program.  The FCC’s website lays out a number of ways to qualify based on your income or COVID-19-related hardship: Your household income is no more than 135% of the federal poverty level. In California and most other states, …

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New California Law Supports Black Maternal Health

On October 4th, 2021, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a new law aimed at reducing the high Black maternal death rate that persists across the state. Nicknamed the “Momnibus” bill – a reference to the legislative term “omnibus” that generally means one bill that combines multiple pieces of legislation on a range of topics, includes …

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