Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2021 #59
Order Adopted
Mar 29, 2021 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the Community Development Department and other relevant City staff to coordinate efforts to formally recognize and promote National Black Business Month in August and Women’s Small Business Month in October, and to report back to the City Council on these efforts in a timely manner.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, DSSponsors:Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

August is National Black Business Month, a period in which communities all across the country seek to highlight, support, and lift up their local Black-owned businesses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Similarly, October is Women’s Small Business Month, a period in which communities all across the country seek to highlight, support, and lift up their local small businesses owned by women; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to statistics citied in a recent article on Next Door, Black-owned businesses “…account for 9.4 percent of all firms, which is still below the 13.1 percent Black or African American share of the U.S. adult population [while]…59% of Black-owned businesses are operated by women,” and “…the COVID-19 outbreak disproportionately hurt minority businesses—with Black-owned businesses being especially disrupted [and a finding] that 41% of Black-owned businesses had been shuttered due the pandemic, a striking difference to the just 17% of white-owned businesses”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to statistics citied in a recent Business.com article, “women own 42% of businesses in the United States, women-owned businesses generate $1.9 trillion annually [and] women of color account for 50% of female business owners”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In keeping with the City’s efforts to lift up our local Black-owned businesses – particularly as the entire local economy has taken a significant hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic – it would be fitting for the City to fully embrace National Black Business Month, and it would be equally fitting for the City to fully embrace Women’s Small Business Month; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the Community Development Department and other relevant City staff to coordinate efforts to formally recognize and promote National Black Business Month in August and Women’s Small Business Month in October, and to report back to the City Council on these efforts in a timely manner.

 

Meeting History

Mar 29, 2021 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan