By: TFN Staff

A strong entrepreneurial spirit among black Americans has spurred the creation of untold numbers of black-owned businesses going back centuries and, at certain times in history, has resulted in thriving communities of enterprise such as the “Black Wall Street” of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the bustling Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

However, today, black-owned businesses on the whole lag behind the average U.S. firm in terms of size and revenue. Ownership rates trail those of non-minority groups, and the failure rate is high. While these facts have been well documented,  a recent report published by the the Association for Enterprise Opportunity aims to reframe and restart the conversation associated with support for black businesses.

Join us Wednesday, July 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET for Closing the Wealth Gap: Why Black-owned Businesses Are Key to Economic Success, featuring a conversation with Ingrid Gorman, author of The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities.The 2017 report examines social and economic barriers, dispels long-held myths, and explores the potential of black-owned businesses to become powerhouses of economic impact and wealth-building. We’ll also learn about strategies for funders that support black-owned businesses – as well as the Tapestry Project, which launches in July and picks up where the report left off.

Please register for this funder-only webinar by Friday, July 6, 2018 to be sure that you receive log-in details.



Ingrid Gorman, Author, The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities





Jaime Love, Program Officer, Interact for Health (moderator), PLACES alumni