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WHO WE ARE

Entrepreneurs

Business Resource Organizations

Business and government 

leaders

Capital and financing 

partners

Capacity

builders

Advocates

The Coalition for an Equitable Economy is a broad cross-sector coalition of stakeholders from across the state aligned around a shared commitment to building an equitable small business ecosystem and to the values of racial equity, collaboration, and shared leadership.

OUR MISSION

  • Ensure equitable access to capital, business networks, education, technical support and other resources for Black, Latinx, immigrant and low income small business owners in Massachusetts.

 

  • Build on the foundation of existing assets, a highly collaborative, innovative and effective ecosystem that delivers to diverse entrepreneurs the resources necessary to start, stabilize and grow profitable businesses that fuel the MA economy.

  • Dismantle racist structures that have prevented investment in and growth of diverse businesses.

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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.

An Equitable Economy Coalition Forged in the Pandemic Response

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS 

Our coalition is guided by a Steering Committee who represent organizations focused on serving the Coalition’s target businesses. At all times, a majority of Steering Committee members will be people who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, or a member of another historically under-resourced demographic group.

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Lawrence Andrews
 President and CEO, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
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Amine Benali
CFA, Managing Director, Strategy and Development, Local Enterprise Assistance Fund
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Alberto Calvo
Treasurer,
Hispanic-American Institute
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Frank Carvalho
Principal Owner, Frank Carvalho Consulting; Former Executive Director, Mill Cities Community Investments
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Nia Evans
Executive Director,
Boston Ujima Project
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Betty Francisco
General Counsel, Compass Working Capital, Co-Founder, Amplify Latinx
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Jeff Hamilton
Lending Director
Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services
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Samalid Hogan
Regional Director, MA Small Business Development Center Network Western Office
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Karen Kelleher
Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Boston
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Priya Ashok Lane
BizGrow Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
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Glynn Lloyd
Executive Director, Foundation for Business Equity and CEO, Mill Cities Community Investments
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Malia Lazu
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The Lazu Group (The Urban Labs)
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Juana Matias
Chief Operating Officer,
MassINC
Joseph Kriesberg
President & CEO, Massachusetts Association of CDCs (MACDC)
Segun Idowu
President and CEO, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts

See Our Equitable PPP Access Initiative Members & Supporters

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