Jun 9, 2021 - Economy

2. Protests and progress for Black-owned small businesses

Photo illustration of a protester holding a sign that says, "Black Lives Matter."

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Stanton Sharpe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

George Floyd's murder and the surge of support for Black own-small businesses that followed "had an unprecedented impact," according to Shelly Bell, CEO of Black Girl Ventures.

  • We speak with Bell about what 2020 meant for Black-owned small businesses and where things stand today.
  • We also share the first of our conversations with proprietors of some of America's most iconic small businesses, starting with Frank Olivieri of Pat's King of Steaks.
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