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WE'RE BUILDING A PATH TO GROW AT LEAST 15% OF BLACK BUSINESSES, CREATE 600,000+ NEW JOBS, AND ADD $55 BILLION  TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. 

OUR PATH IS POWERED BY DATA

In addition to the research provided by Brookings, we use data from multiple sources to inform how we implement strategies. Explore the links below to learn more about the issues and solutions affecting Black business owners.

Jump-starting Black-owned businesses will jump-start the economy.

Putting Black businesses on a path to success will not be easy, but Path to 15|55 is working with multiple groups to help them see how they can do more to support Black businesses and Black communities. 

Path to 15_55 Brookings Infographic Social toolkit

We have created a series of infographics that illustrate the barriers to success for Black businesses, as well as how the American economy would grow if Black businesses reach parity with white firms. These infographics are informed by new research from the Brookings Institution

The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America

This groundbreaking report explores the diversity among Black business owners in the U.S. and illuminates several key findings.

It’s hard to lead a small business during a pandemic. It’s harder when you’re black.

Health risks and trouble accessing capital can be hard on black business owners.

George Floyd’s death demonstrates the policy violence that devalues Black lives

The racial attitudes that lead police to choke Black people are the same that exclude Black people from employment and investment opportunities.

Black Business: Restart, Recovery, and Renewal

AEO’s report, The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America, shows that the interlinkage of the racial wealth gap, the credit gap, and the trust gap act like kryptonite in keeping Black-owned businesses from reaching their potential.  A diverse cross-section of leaders from across the country will discuss Bold Actions to Rescue Black Business Owners and a panel will share what we are learning from six cities across the country that are focused on serving Black businesses in a wide ranging discussion among Business Voices from the Tapestry Action Lab.

To expand the economy, invest in Black businesses

A report from the Brookings Institution and Path to 15|55 explores the state of Black-owned employer businesses to set of business development goals.

The Road to Zero Wealth

How the racial wealth divide is hollowing out America's middle class.

The $55 Billion Plan

Accelerating Black-owned businesses to create wealth, jobs and growth.

We need an equal opportunity economy that supports Black businesses, too

In his recent executive order on advancing racial equity, President Joe Biden reminded us that the American Dream is built on the promise of equal opportunity. Yet, our nation has consistently failed to live up to this ideal. 


 

Path to 15|55 has $100 million in commitments to grow Black businesses

This capital will be used to support policy change at national, state and local levels, and invest directly in Black businesses and the intermediaries that support them. 

Black barbers must matter for the economy to really recover

Amid COVID-19's economic impact, Andre Perry and Tynesia Boyea-Robinson call for intervention to save Black barbershops from financial ruin.

The Laura Coates Show

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson discusses black businesses during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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