Economic Empowerment

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on economic empowerment and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

Applications Now Open for the Coalition to Back Black Businesses 2022-23 Grant Program

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and American Express today announced that the Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 grant program, which will provide $5,000 grants to 272 Black-owned small businesses to help them meet critical needs and invest in long-term growth.

Incorporating Inclusion: Charlotte, North Carolina

The U.S. Chamber Foundation will host its next Incorporating Inclusion event in Charlotte, NC. This half-day forum is an opportunity for businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses, and partners to learn how to build inclusive cultures inside and outside their organizations.
Tammeca Rochester
© Harlem Cycle
Harlem Cycle, a boutique indoor cycling studio based in New York City, was founded on the belief that everyone should have equal access to wellness. This past year, the spin studio was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) to support this growing community of riders.

12th Annual International Women's Day Forum: Business Powering Gender Equity

This two-day event is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for our 12th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 3-4, 2022, to discuss how businesses, nonprofits, and governments can seize this moment to reinvent and drive sustainable progress for women.
Apostrophe Puzzles
© Apostrophe Puzzles
Masden started Apostrophe Puzzles to showcase the work of contemporary artists of color in December 2019 and received a grant from the Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) last year. The multi-year initiative founded in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, and the nation’s four leading Black chambers – provides critical support and immediate financial aid to Black-owned small businesses through grants, mentorship, and other resources.
Woofbowl
© Woofbowl

Ron Holloway, co-owner of Woofbowl, a food truck business that specializes in nutrient-dense meals for dogs, navigates specific challenges as a small business owner amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) – a multi-year initiative founded in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, and the nation’s four leading Black chambers – helps provide opportunities for success. Since launch, the CBBB has distributed $5,000 grants to more than 1,000  Black small business owners across the country and continues to offer resources to help business owners thrive.

12th Annual International Women's Day Forum: Business Powering Gender Equity

This two day event is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for our 12th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 3-4, 2022, to discuss how businesses, nonprofits, and governments can seize this moment to reinvent and drive sustainable progress for women.
LGBT Inclusion Hub
Businesses’ commitment to workplace inclusion is critical to addressing systemic inequalities and building communities that expand opportunity to all. That's why the U.S. Chamber Foundation created the LGBT Inclusion Hub for Small Businesses – an online platform for small business owners to find the resources and inspiration they need to build inclusive workplaces.

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