With the help of a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the
HBA has launched The Lillian Project to help
low-income, African American women in Harlem become entrepreneurs. TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby recently spoke to Gina Ramcharan, project director of The Lillian Project, and Regina Smith, exec. dir. of the HBA, to find out more about the Project.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched Certify.sba. gov, a new website to further streamline and improve
the application processes for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking
to do business with the federal government.
There’s a new initiative for STEM students looking for that coveted future tech job at that sought-after innovative company. TMCF CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., a former
HR exec in the tech space, has forged a first-of-its-kind 10-yr program committed to HBCU students that he
says is also “a solution to Apple’s diversity challenges.” Here, Taylor speaks to TNJ.com about the particulars.
Black Girls Code was created to “provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn
in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when
they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow
up.” Recently, the nonprofit has garnered the attention of search giant Google. Last month, Google gave the organization teaching space valued at $2.8 million at its headquarters in NYC.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, since 2010 it
has received 99,947 charges of discrimination on employment. According to the stats, racial discrimination was the most with 35.4 percent
(45,395) charges. But technology is helping to fight discrimination, such as by using apps and other platforms.