Letter from the CEO: April 14 — COVID-19 Response

Dear Constituents:

We hope you and your family are healthy and well during these uncertain times.  We respect that all of you — whether corporations or MBEs — are leading during difficult times as you ensure the safety and health of your company, your communities, your employees, and your loved ones.  It is challenging, to say the least, and I want you to know your council remains strong and committed to providing the knowledge, access, and resources to support you.

Please visit, https://minoritysupplier.org/covid19matchmaker or check out our Resources Page on the website for details on sourcing opportunities, loans, grants, webinars, and more.  Our incredible staff updates the available resources daily to provide you the best information.

Our mission is to drive economic development through minority businesses in order to build wealth and impact often underserved communities.  As we have learned through this pandemic, your success is more critical than ever!  The underlying economic disparities in communities of color have been thrust into the spotlight due to the number of minorities succumbing to COVID-19.  In fact, some studies in Michigan pinpoint the disparities among various ethnic groups with as high as a 30-50% greater likelihood of death in minority populations.  So, we must help.  Please complete the brief survey to let us know what you need, OR how you can help. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete. CLICK HERE

A huge thank you to Grace Lee and the Michigan Chinese American Coalition as they are donating the first 5,000 surgical masks for small, essential MBE firms that need them.  We also thank various board members and MBEIC leaders – Christie Wong-Barrett, Leon Richardson, Sylvester Hester, and Rod Rickman.  We appreciate each of them for their willingness to serve fellow MBEs during this challenging crisis.  Any residual supplies we receive will be donated to citizens in Detroit and other underserved communities to ensure the most impacted populations have the necessary supplies.

Finally, you should also know that we have been in contact with Lt. Governor Gilchrist, a friend of the council, and will assist him as he leads the state task force to tackle such health disparities.  On another note, check our website in the coming weeks for updates on our virtual approach to various programming and events as we continue to deliver value to you.

Please stay safe, be well, and do not hesitate if we can assist you.

Michelle Sourie Robinson
President & CEO

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