Black businesses have taken a huge hit due to COVID-19, but some are taking action to support other Black business owners during this time.
=SPACE, a Black-owned co-working space for multicultural entrepreneurs, has just launched its new digital programming nationwide to provide resources for those affected by the health crisis.
This new digital programming streams weekly on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram in the form of meditation and wellness sessions, skill-building workshops around securing funding, marketing, and content creation, and other interactive services for business owners to take part in.
According to a press release, Medina, founder of =SPACE, said:
“=SPACE has created a response to COVID-19 that brings access and resources to our community. There has never been more of a need for us to assist small businesses of color in developing new tools, 1 on 1 coaching and guidance through available funding options. As the founder of =SPACE, I know that it takes three times the amount of work to open your business, I have seen the sacrifice and faith multicultural owners put into their visions, into their dream, I can not let them close their doors or give up because of a lack of knowledge about grants, or tools. I built =SPACE for us and by us.”
Along with their digital programming, =SPACE provides entrepreneurs access to a workspace specifically tailored to their cultural identity.
“As one of the largest Black/Brown owned shared-spaces in New Jersey, we dedicate ourselves to providing opportunities and resources to multicultural founders, women ventures, and LGBTQ+ enterprises,” said Interim CEO, Akosua Ayim.
=SPACE demonstrates what it means to support and uplift Black and brown communities at a time like this where there’s so much uncertainty about the future.
Following the temporary closure of their location, the =SPACE team quickly pivoted to working remotely to continue to provide “valuable resources and industry connections to multicultural, women and LGBTQ founders.”
Their digital programming is open to the public and free for nonmembers to access, as well, as they commit to being an accessible resource for all.
“With the city’s entrepreneurial community ever growing, =SPACE wants to open wider doors for new and long standing local techies, freelancers, creatives, and everyone in-between,” Ayim said.
For more information on =SPACE, click here.