NEW YORK, July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for U.S. small businesses, with many experiencing dramatic declines in revenues and cash liquidity following the government-mandated closures that began in March. The effects of the economic downturn have been especially severe for Black-owned businesses? many of which entered this crisis undercapitalized.1
As a step towards helping black-owned businesses recover and move forward, a coalition of four business advocacy groups? the National Minority Supplier Development Council, US Black Chambers, National Urban League and Black Enterprise? have partnered with JPMorgan Chase to launch Advancing Black Entrepreneurs by Chase for Business. Together with Chase Business Banking, these organizations have developed an educational curriculum designed specifically for eligible black entrepreneurs on key topics that are vital to business growth and sustainability.
Experts from the four business advocacy groups will administer a series of 90-minute virtual sessions to participating entrepreneurs at no cost. The first session focuses on how business owners can address immediate financial needs and build resiliency in the age of coronavirus. Participating entrepreneurs will receive free instruction on a variety of topics? including how to protect cash flow, reduce expenses, maintain vendor relationships, collect outstanding revenues, and manage inventory and other assets.
"How businesses adapt, innovate and plan for the future will determine their future survival? and we're committed to helping as many black entrepreneurs as we can navigate this path," said Christopher Hollins, Managing Director of Chase Business Banking. "The businesses that will be best positioned to thrive after this crisis are those that have managed cash flows effectively, pivoted business models where necessary, and strengthened ties to their communities while keeping employees and customers safe."
Black-owned businesses experienced a 26% decline in cash balances in March compared to the prior year,2 according to the JPMorgan Chase Institute, and could require more recovery assistance than others due to severe revenue shocks in recent months.
Participating entrepreneurs will also receive instruction on how to reimagine their businesses if necessary? with insights into how to build more flexibility into supply chains, develop an online presence, revisit staffing models, and a primer on accounting best practices for new grants or loans they may have recently received. In addition, the course will provide insights into how to manage banking relationships in this environment.
Here's what the advocacy groups had to say about this initiative:
1 Source: JPMorgan Chase Institute, "Small Businesses in Black and Hispanic Communities Have Lower Profitability and Cash Liquidity than Businesses in White Communities." 9/30/2019
2 Source: JPMorgan Chase Institute, "Small Business Financial Outcomes during the Onset of COVID-19." 6/2020
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