20 Black and brown-owned N.J. companies just got a big boost

Tennyson Donyéa | NJ.com

A new program that will benefit Garden State entrepreneurs says that it will address a long-standing issue for Black and brown business owners — a lack of access to funding. Despite raking in $700 billion last year, businesses founded by Black and brown entrepreneurs don’t have access to capital the same way non-minority owned companies do, according to a report …

The best Indian food in the United States? It’s in New Jersey

Brad Japhe | CNN

In a normal year, more than 60 million visitors will flock to the Big Apple. If they’re craving Indian cuisine they are likely to end up in the eminent enclaves of Queens’ Jackson Heights or an area on Manhattan’s East Side known affectionately as Curry Hill. But New York has a way of overshadowing the cultural abundance that percolates directly …

N.J. Gov. Murphy signs environmental justice law designed to protect minority communities

Frank Kummer | The Philadelphia Inquirer

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed environmental justice legislation that allows the state to deny permits for projects that would have an environmental impact on already “overburdened” communities, defined as those predominated by minority or low-income people. The law, which supporters say is one of the toughest in the nation, would apply to proposals for new or expanded …

Tags: Diversity

She Was Rejected by 86 Investors Before Hearing a Single Yes-and It Was From Jay-Z

Brooke Henderson | Inc.

As a Black female entrepreneur in America, Denise Woodard knows about taking risks. While still working a day job in 2016, Woodard launched Partake Foods, a maker of allergen-free cookies based in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her life savings, which was around $50,000. The company struggled for a couple of years before she finally landed a break–achieving regional placement for Partake Foods at Whole Foods and Wegmans Food Market in …

10 N.J. companies named Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

Emily Bader | ROI-NJ

Ten New Jersey-based companies have been named one of the Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion. Scores are determined by the Disability Equality Index, a comprehensive disability inclusion assessment tool. This year, it evaluated criteria based on culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employee practices, community engagement, and supplier diversity. “Improving our policies and benefits for employees with disabilities has always …

Tags: Diversity

Digitalundivided maintains focus on empowering Black, Latinx entrepreneurs

Anastasia Bergeron | ROI-NJ.COM

Farah Allen remembers feeling stuck. “I had my company in the market for a year,” she said. “I knew how to make technology and resource teams, but I didn’t know how to run a business.” As a Black female entrepreneur, she ran into the same problems whenever she sought help from entrepreneurship groups: “No one there looked like me. And …

Black, Latino angel fund backed by Rutgers is ready to hear entrepreneurs’ pitches

Esther Surden | ROI-NJ.COM

It’s been a long journey, but the Black and Latino Angel Investment Fund of New Jersey is about to hear pitches from the first three entrepreneurs hoping for investment. The fund, started by Lyneir Richardson, executive director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School in Newark, has 10 angel investors and has raised $500,000 so far. …

Jersey City ranked the most diverse U.S. city in 2020

Teri West | NJ.com

After a brief stint in second place, Jersey City is once again the most diverse city in the country, according to the annual WalletHub diversity rankings. Jersey City held the distinction as America’s most diverse city in 2017 and 2018 but dropped to second last year. Now, it’s back in the top spot among the 501 largest cities in the …


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