Achieving Equity: The Power of Community Organizing & Small Business Revitalization


Resilience through sustainability is needed more than ever. As the line between business and social and environmental issues is disappearing, the private sector is learning how it can be a productive partner in promoting solutions to issues such a social and environmental justice, food insecurity, climate change, supply chain transparency, overconsumption, and more. They are coming to the realization that addressing these issues through core business strategies is not only good for society but also good for business. Attend one or all of the panels to hear from those leading efforts to create a more resilient world.

Small businesses employ nearly 60% of the private workforce and create nearly 70% of new jobs. The economy relies on small businesses, but they’re in trouble. Only 50% of small businesses make it to their 5th year of operations. Many small business owners struggle with high staff turnover and operational issues, and many do not capitalize on digital tools to grow their business. These inequities are exasperated in marginalized communities facing the compounded effects of systemic inequality and racism.

This panel will focus on tangible steps you can take to support the small businesses most in need while also building the local community. Join us for a live panel discussion about how we can engage in community organizing and community building in order to help with economic revitalization. Student host: Consult Your Community club.

Time: 6:00 PM EDT

Location: Virtual

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021