Small Businesses Need Us Initiative Is a Turn-Key Way to Support Black-Owned Businesses Through Skills-Based Volunteerism

Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of ending slavery in the United States, originating in Galveston, Texas 1865. What will you be doing to acknowledge Juneteenth, this historic event?

Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) CEO & Co-Founder, Jill Johnson, stated, “The meaning of Juneteenth is lost if it just becomes another day off. Companies and individuals who truly value equity and inclusion should use this as an opportunity to commit to action that leads to economic inclusion for people who built wealth for others but were excluded from building wealth for themselves.”

Here are five ways to take action on Juneteenth that foster inclusion:

  1. Purchase goods and services from Black-owned companies.
  2. Volunteer to use your professional skills to assist a Black-owned business.
  3. Connect with five new Black individuals in your industry/profession on LinkedIn.
  4. Attend a ‘Juneteenth’ cultural celebration.
  5. Educate yourself about the racial wealth gap and expand your knowledge of Black history.

Learn more about IFEL skills-based volunteer opportunities that support Black-owned businesses at:

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