Building a Better Ecosystem for Business Owners of Color - A Webinar Hosted by Asset Funders Network

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Webinar - Register by 2/23
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This program is hosted by our partner, Asset Funders Network (AFN), who has extended an invitation to PNY members.

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, employing nearly half of the private sector workforce. They are also one of the last remaining opportunities for building wealth, particularly for entrepreneurs of color who often face additional barriers because of the effects of systemic inequality and racism. However, the COVID-19 pandemic not only caused thousands of small businesses to close across America but also damaged the ecosystem which helps fuel their ability to survive and thrive. While the initial Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) left out the most vulnerable small businesses, many are hoping the newly passed PPP will truly help entrepreneurs of color survive beyond the pandemic. 

Join us to hear what we have learned about the effects of specific investments and strategies to support entrepreneurs of color and what more still needs to be done to support their longer-term financial health and stability and ultimately build lasting wealth.

This webinar is part of AFN's COVID-19 related series generously sponsored by Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Metlife Foundation.


  • What must be done to address the historic systemic and structural issues which have impacted entrepreneurs of color’s ability to build wealth
  • How we can build back a better and stronger ecosystem that supports the longer-term health of small businesses owned by POC
  • The innovative and impactful ways philanthropy can support small businesses beyond direct grant-making


  • Steve Hall, Senior Director Economic Development Lending & Small Business, LISC
  • Jeanique Riche-Druses, Vice President in Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Tommy Smith, Manager, Economic Impact Impact Spending, Kaiser Permanente

Designed for

All interested funders.


Registration is required by February 23rd. 
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.
Please email with any questions.

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