Vice President Kamala Harris called on America’s Black business leaders to help spread the word that it is critical for Black Americans to take the Covid-19 vaccine to begin repairing the economic damage caused by the pandemic. “If we’re going to build back up our economy, we’ve gotta get control of this,” Harris said of the virus. “People have within their power the ability to save their lives, the lives of their family members, their community — but they’ve gotta get vaccinated.” Harris’s remarks came during a virtual roundtable with Black business leaders across the country.

 

She was joined by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen as they discussed how the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan could help Black small business owners recover from the financial devastation they’ve endured since the pandemic began in March. About 41% of the nation’s Black-owned businesses permanently closed between February and April of 2020, according to multiple studies. An estimated 17% of White-owned businesses shut down over the same period, according to a University of California, Santa Cruz study released in June.

 

There already exists a wide inequality between Black and White America, and the current pandemic-fueled recession has made the gap even larger. At Hemp Inc, some Black business owners lost a little hope but Vice President, Kamala Harris is boosting them to hope again. She has revealed what her administration is planning to do for Black-owned businesses. Black business owners at Hemp Inc will be receiving lending opportunities aimed at communities of color, to ensure they receive greater access to capital investment. If you are interested in owning a hemp farm or a hemp business or joining Hemp Inc as a person of color, with no money, then Harris is ready to pull you in.