Visa and Visa Foundation Support Small Businesses

Visa | December 17, 2020

Supporting small and micro businesses (SMBs) has been an earnest need all through the COVID-19 pandemic, with an extraordinary need among minority-claimed small businesses, which are lopsidedly affected. Expanding on Visa's drawn out obligation to this network, Visa Foundation today declared new activities to give almost $5 million in funding to minority-drove SMBs, in the midst of a second influx of COVID-19. Visa likewise reported mentorship projects to additional help minority-drove SMBs. Simultaneously, the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute (VEEI) delivered another white paper, Supporting Social Equity by Boosting Small Businesses. The paper features that Black and African American-claimed businesses encountered a bigger drop in business possession (41 percent) than different businesses.

The VEEI white paper subtleties the recorded patterns and fundamental hindrances fueling the present status of Black-claimed SMBs across the U.S. It traces strategy measures to address these obstructions, zeroed in on aiding businesses endure, putting resources into value in instruction and in focused chances, for example, preparing and grant programs.

As part of its commitment to support SMBs and to address the challenges in access to capital of underrepresented groups broadly, including women and racial and ethnic minority communities, Visa Foundation commits the following:

$3 million to Black Ambition, a newly launched racial equity and entrepreneurship initiative launched by producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams in partnership with five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

$1.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to increase small business resiliency for women entrepreneurs of color directly impacted by COVID-19.

$300,000 to VC Include, a Women of Color-led organization building economic justice infrastructure for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, people of color, and women-led funds through education and training programs to support their fundraising journey and build relationships with Limited Partners.

“The capital gap for entrepreneurs of color must be closed if we are to achieve inclusive economic growth for everyone, everywhere,” said Graham Macmillan, president, Visa Foundation. “Visa Foundation is privileged to partner with these organizations that are addressing this funding and opportunity gap by helping them to empower women, Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. These grants represent just the beginning of our commitment to allocate capital, both grants and investments, to gender and racially-diverse investors and entrepreneurs."

Additionally, Visa recently launched a Visa worker mentorship program with Bridge for Billions. Through this online program, Visa representatives will tutor Black, basically ladies claimed SMBs on a three-month brooding excursion to help them audit their plan of action, characterize their monetary projections, make a development plan for their endeavor and substantially more. New businesses or beginning phase business people are urged to apply here by December 31, 2020, to be considered for the program beginning in February 2021.


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