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Creating an Equitable
and Inclusive Small
Business Ecosystem 

To achieve racial and ethnic parity in business ownership by the end of 2030

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ACTION AL!

THE OPPORTUNITY

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Meet CEE's New Executive Director!

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CEE is excited to announce the hiring of Tracye Whitfield as our new Executive Director.

 

In this new role, Whitfield will lead the coalitions efforts to ensure equitable access to capital for BIPOC small business owners across the state of Massachusetts. Whitfield will continue the coalitions efforts in creating new programs and policy needed to change and dismantle racist structures preventing the equitable investments needed to support the growth and viability of these businesses. "I am thrilled to be joining CEE at this important moment in the coalition’s history," said Whitfield. "There is a lot of energy and momentum around efforts to create a more equitable economy, and I look forward to working with CEE members and partners to make real progress on this critical issue." 

READ OUR FULL PRESS RELEASE

 

Massachusetts is home to a rich set of small business resources, but many do not reach small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color. These small businesses, particularly those owned by Black, Latinx, immigrant and low-income entrepreneurs have been fueling the state’s economy, but they are more vulnerable in recessions. The COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to build an equitable ecosystem that centers entrepreneurs of color and positions them to contribute to the Massachusetts economy at their full potential.

 

 


 

THE OPPORTUNITY

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OUR VISION

We imagine a Commonwealth that aggressively cultivates and supports under-resourced small businesses to survive the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and makes sustained investment to make Massachusetts a welcoming and fertile place for such businesses to grow their capacity, resilience, economic power and impact.

OUR WORK

ACCESS TO CAPITAL
BUSINESS SUPPORT
POLICY & RESEARCH
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OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Underserved owned businesses assisted with PPP applications

Million in

PPP Loans

Underserved small businesses assisted with MGCC Grant applications

Million for Small Business Technical Assistance 

Million for CDFI/CDC small business lending

Million grant program with focus on equity

ABOUT THE COALITION

The Coalition for an Equitable Economy, initially formed by a steering committee of small business support organizations and leaders, seeks to convene and partner with a broad cross-sector coalition of stakeholders from across Massachusetts aligned around a shared commitment to building an equitable small business ecosystem and to the values of racial equity, collaboration, and shared leadership.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

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