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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!

LISC & Kaiser Permanente to Invest $60M to Fuel Businesses, Jobs & Health

In his latest message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones lays out the kinds of holistic investment that a multi-faceted $60 million partnership with Kaiser Permanente will help make possible. "An America where ZIP code, more than any other factor, determines a person’s prospects in life is not sustainable," argues Jones. "For our communities to recover from COVID-19 and set out on a path toward equitable growth, we must make investments that break down barriers and create opportunities that are open to all."

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.