The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Black-owned businesses to move into crisis mode and learn unfamiliar ways to adapt to a new normal that’s continuing to change everyday.

As pillars of our communities, a crucial part of Black businesses being able to sustain during times like these providing them with access to, and information about, what resources are available to support them as they also work to weather this storm financially.

During the first-ever ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Virtual Summit featuring the $100k New Voices + Target Accelerators Pitch Competition, Vista Equity CEO Robert Smith & ESSENCE Ventures Founder & Chair Richelieu Dennis spoke about several vital resources for business owners to take advantage of as they continue working to find new ways to meet consumers where their needs are most in the communities that they serve.

10 Critical Resources Black-Owned Businesses Should Know About During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Check out the list above for 10 resources every Black-owned businesses should have on their radar. For more of everything you missed at the ESSENCE + New Voices Entrepreneur Virtual Summit, head back to


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