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MPR News In Focus: A Seat at the Table 

BIPOC Businesses’ Inclusion in the Minnesota Economy

Wednesday, December 15
Show | 12pm

The racial reckoning sparked by George Floyd’s murder in 2020 led several of the country’s largest corporations, from Apple to Target to Goldman Sachs, to pledge support for entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous or people of color. Many corporations promised spending, investment, mentorship and all forms of additional support. However, a study conducted earlier this year revealed that only a portion of pledges from U.S. companies had materialized. In Minnesota, some BIPOC-owned businesses have reported a surge followed by a subsequent decline in support. 

   Additionally, media organizations and cultural influencers compiled lists of BIPOC-owned businesses to help the public more consciously spend and invest their money. But have these efforts resulted in Minnesota’s consumers permanently changing their spending and investing habits in ways that will support and sustain a more inclusive local economy? How are Minnesota’s BIPOC business owners faring now? What does true allyship and support from corporations, the government and consumers look like?  

 Join us December 15 at noon for In Focus: A Seat at the Table: BIPOC Businesses’ Inclusion in the Minnesota Economy, as Angela Davis hosts a conversation with business leaders, entrepreneurs and others working toward lasting change in Minnesota’s economy. They’ll share their first-hand experiences and offer ideas on how Minnesotans can take action, beyond a one-time purchase or donation, to effect a more inclusive local economy.   

 If you have thoughts or questions about the event or this month’s topic, check out the MPR News In Focus page for different ways to share your experience. 

If you have thoughts or questions about the topic of Minnesota’s search for equity, check out the MPR News In Focus project page for different ways to share your experience, and to watch our previous conversations:  

In Focus: Sustainability in Indian Country 

In Focus: Learning in the Time of Covid 

In Focus: Equity in Education 

In Focus: Stopping anti-Asian American hate in Minnesota 

In Focus: A trial and Minnesota’s search for equity and healing 

In Focus: Locked out – The path from incarceration to inclusion 

In Focus: Disparities and distrust in BIPOC health care 

Call to Mind presents MPR News In Focus: Black youth resilience in Minnesota 

In Focus: Racism in housing access 

Spotlight on the future of policing 

Spotlight on Black trauma and policing