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. 

Coalition to Back Black Businesses Awards Grants and Mentorship to 600 Black Small Business Owners

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB), launched in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, and the nation’s four leading Black chambers – the National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Business League, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy – announced it has awarded $5,000 grants to 600 Black-owned small businesses in 33 states.

Alicia Hammon IWD Q&A

In celebration of Black History Month and the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re spotlighting inspiring women who are working to break barriers to pave a more equal, inclusive, and resilient future for women and girls around the world. Alicia Hammond is a Gender Specialist with the World Bank’s Gender Group, where she serves as the lead on innovation and technology.

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses: Paving the Way for Long-Term Success

On February 24, join our grantees and the Coalition partners – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, our supporting partners, and the nation’s leading Black chambers – to discuss the work of the Coalition to date, the impact it is making in the lives of Black small business owners, and how others can help grow this effort.
CBBB grantee

The U.S. Chamber Foundation conducted a series of interviews featuring Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) grantees and their stories. We heard from Black small business owners on how the CBBB grant helped them, the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, and what Black business owners need during this challenging time.

11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum: Business Powering a New Tomorrow

Our 11th annual International Women’s Day Forum will highlight how the private sector, working with cross-sector partners, can narrow gender gaps in every aspect of society, redefine leadership, reconstruct workplaces, and drive equality of opportunity for women and girls as we navigate our recovery from the pandemic and beyond.

Business Solves Event Graphic- Steven Preston (speaker)

With the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Citizenship Conference, Business Solves, right around the corner, we sat down with one of our speakers, Steven C. Preston, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, to learn more about his organization’s efforts, how Goodwill® is supporting the needs of U.S. communities during the pandemic, and what advice he has for others.

chilcare equation
Childcare is important for children, and it is essential for working parents. Parents rely on childcare to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce. But access to affordable, quality childcare is hard to come by, and now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are experiencing additional challenges in finding childcare that meets their needs. It is no secret that parents dedicate significant energy and resources balancing their roles at home, in the community, and in the workplace. Parents must consider various factors in determining the level and type of childcare solutions that best meet their needs. These factors make up what we’re referring to as the ‘Childcare Equation.’

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