Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity is hosting a series of virtual BIPOC business roundtables. These roundtables will inform recommendations to the State of Vermont on how best to support BIPOC business development.
In 2020, Vermont Partnership conducted a survey of BIPOC business needs. We now want to know in greater detail how best to deliver or through what mechanisms BIPOC business needs might be met from the point of view of the business owner.
Download the VTPFD 2020 BIPOC Business Survey Report
Each hourlong roundtable will have between 8-12 participants. Curtiss Reed, Jr., President & CEO of the CRJ Consulting Group, L3C, will facilitate each roundtable. Key findings will be shared with our growing list of over 500 BIPOC-owned businesses and relevant State agencies.
We will provide contact information to BIPOC business owners of other owners interested in forming an independent BIPOC business association.
If you are interested in participating in one of our roundtable sessions, please indicate below your preferred date and any alternate dates you may be available. We will contact you via email to confirm your seat or to work out alternate scheduling.
We would like to be certain that all potential participants understand that these roundtables are for the participation of BIPOC owners of businesses based in and operating in Vermont. With that in mind, we would ask that you state affirmatively that your business is based in Vermont and that you are by race or ethnicity a Black or Indigenous/Native person, or otherwise a person of color.
If you are not, we would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to participate in a “Lessons Learned” seminar which we will schedule subsequent to the conclusion of the VT BIPOC Business Roundtable Series.
We would also like Vermont BIPOC business owners to consider registering their business with our database of BIPOC-owned businesses in Vermont. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.