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Group shot of Butterfly Dreamz – JOY LINDSEY, FOUNDER

‘Stay persistent’

Joy Lindsay and Nadirah Simmons weren’t surprised when they got calls from IFundWomen about a tentative program geared to support women entrepreneurs of color like them. They were, however, surprised by the $25,000 check they each received, and by the support and mentorship that followed from American Express and IFundWomen subsidiary IFundWomen of Color, who surprised 100 Black women nationwide with funds and 100 days of resources.

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Support system

Top of mind for most business leaders today is creating a diverse and inclusive workspace that is more than simply policies, but the creation of a safe place for employees that shows they – as well as their needs and perspectives – are respected. That’s not an easy task especially in light of recent current events coupled with a global pandemic.

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Time is money

Clearing the air

Despite helping New Jersey businesses of all sizes get through these challenging times, many companies remain skeptical about applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, even though it’s been a year since its introduction. Myths, misconceptions, inaccuracies—you name it—linger, and they may be causing unnecessary hesitation. First Bank President and CEO Patrick Ryan explores five common PPP misunderstandings and explains why, if you’re a business in need of cash, the time to act is now.

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