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‘Just because’ (access required)

Aya Paper Co., a line of sustainable stationary started by SaVonne Anderson in 2019, will be available at Whole Foods and Nordstrom locations nationwide come October.- AYA PAPER CO.

“There’s power in spreading joy. The world is not always flowers and sunshine but even when it’s difficult you can find something to celebrate,” says SaVonne Anderson, the creator of sustainable stationary company Aya Paper Co., which will be available at Whole Foods and Nordstrom locations nationwide come October.

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A longer road (access required)

Business owner at work.

Studies have shown that pandemic-related restrictions had more profound effects on establishments owned by Hispanics and African Americans, and many shut their doors at a higher rate than those with white owners. In addition, federal relief loans were slower or more difficult to get into the hands of minority business owners.

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Where to look (access required)

Natasha Bray, founder of New Jersey Black Businesses

In 2014 there was no localized repository for New Jersey-based Black businesses, so Natasha Bray founder of New Jersey Black Businesses, made her own. “I thought, if not me, then who? ... I knew that I was always intentional when I was supporting Black-owned businesses. I knew it was important for our community in terms of bridging the wealth gap and creating jobs for people and contributing to the local economy."

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