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Downtown Springdale Strengthens Focus on DEI

In EngageNWA’s most recent partnership with Univision Arkansas, Carol Silva Moralez of SERVE2PERFORM shares how the organization is working with the Downtown Springdale Alliance to increase diversity and inclusion in events and programming. The heart of downtown has been the backdrop for many cultural activities over the years highlighting the city’s rich and vibrant diversity.

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Northwest Arkansas Black-Owned Business Expo hosted by Black-Owned NWA

In celebration of August being National Black Business Month, Black-Owned NWA is excited to bring to you another Black-Owned Business Expo! The upcoming event is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 4 to 9 PM in Downtown Bentonville.

You can expect a day of live and local music artists, entertainment, local food caterers and trucks, giveaways, a youth art zone and pure fun in the evening sun.

This event is free and open for the public to attend.

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Northwest Arkansas Black-Owned Business Expo hosted by Black-Owned NWA

In celebration of August being National Black Business Month, Black-Owned NWA is excited to bring to you another Black-Owned Business Expo! The upcoming event is scheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 4 to 9 PM in Downtown Bentonville.

You can expect a day of live and local music artists, entertainment, local food caterers and trucks, giveaways, a youth art zone and pure fun in the evening sun.

This event is free and open for the public to attend.

Learn More

What We’re Reading: 2021 State of Black America

The National Urban League recently released the 2021 State of Black America, a report published annually since 1976 that focuses on racial equality in America across economics, employment, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation. This year’s report, The New Normal: Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive, explores long existing disparities that were brought to the forefront during the peak of the pandemic.

One key finding of the report shows that close to 17 percent of Black households and 14 percent of Hispanic families lacked basic financial services, compared with 3 percent of white households in 2017, the last year for which FDIC statistics are available.

These households are forced to rely on alternative systems like check cashing centers or payday loan businesses which can cost 50 to 100 percent more per month than traditional bank accounts—up to $40,000 in fees over a lifetime.

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What We’re Reading: A Recent Report by Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses

A report recently shared by the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses shows that the top industries of Asian-owned firms in Arkansas are in other services, accommodation and food services, followed by retail trade. The report also shows that Japan has the largest number of foreign-owned companies in Arkansas (46) of any country, and those companies employ over 6,000 people.

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote Asian owned businesses in Arkansas, help foreign investors from Asian countries do business in Arkansas, and provide career development assistance to Asian young professionals in Arkansas.

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What We’re Reading: A Recent Report by Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses

A report recently shared by the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses shows that the top industries of Asian-owned firms in Arkansas are in other services, accommodation and food services, followed by retail trade. The report also shows that Japan has the largest number of foreign-owned companies in Arkansas (46) of any country, and those companies employ over 6,000 people.

Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote Asian owned businesses in Arkansas, help foreign investors from Asian countries do business in Arkansas, and provide career development assistance to Asian young professionals in Arkansas.

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Source: Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Facebook

12th Annual Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the 12th Annual Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. In addition to the festival, they will be holding a soccer tournament at Lake Fayetteville from Friday, September 24th – Sunday, September 26th. Please join us in celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Northwest Arkansas.

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Thank you for your continued commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Northwest Arkansas!

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