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A New Kind of Industrial Revolution

The latest white paper from our Research & Evaluation team shows how LISC's ongoing work to support collaborative revitalization of industrial districts, in ways that promote equitable benefits for businesses and residents, helps bolster surrounding communities, even in the age of Covid-19.

Building Entrepreneurs and Equity in the Age of Covid: A Roundtable

A roundtable discussion with LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Verizon’s Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Rose Stuckey Kirk, moderated by LISC board member and UVA business professor Greg Fairchild, delves into what it will take to get to economic equity for our country.

6.26.2020 -

Global Citizen, Usher + LISC = A Potent Response to Covid-19 and Structural Inequity

As a core partner of Global Citizen, LISC is thrilled to join in rallying for an equitable response to Covid-19 with Global Goal: Unite for Our Future all-star concert. And the extra bonus? Usher—yes, that Usher—is donating proceeds from his latest record to ramp up our work on behalf of minority small businesses and nonprofits!

6.25.2020 -

Speaking of Pride: Janelle Monáe + LGBTQ Small Biz + LISC

In honor of an LGBTQ Pride Month that is largely being celebrated remotely this year, we are pleased to highlight two queer- and minority-owned small businesses that have received a grant, and a big shout out, from Renaissance woman Janelle Monáe via LISC's Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund. In true Monáe style, these Harlem-based enterprises are, in very different ways, creating spaces where people can be who they are.

6.17.2020 -

Janelle Monáe Highlights LISC in Variety Magazine

In Variety’s 2020 Power of Woman issue, Janelle Monáe voices her support for LISC’s Covid-19 response efforts, specifically for the Small Business Relief Grant program. As Monáe notes, “96% of those grants are going to women-, LGBTQ-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses.”