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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. Responding to the needs of this embattled sector, public and private business leaders have invested in an emergency fund targeted to social entrepreneurs who focus on the world’s most vulnerable.

Acumen, a non-profit organization that invests in initiatives to tackle poverty, heads up the fund. Employing a radical approach divergent from their typical strategy, they use small grants and loans to create an immediate infusion of support for impacted communities.

Just one of the organizations they've helped is SiembraViva, a Colombian nonprofit that brings healthy food to people in cities, ...

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While it seems like the bad news has been endless lately, it's always important to point out the bright spots when you find them. One area that has been particularly shaken up in the past several months is small business––and yet, there are some wily entrepreneurs who are coming out of the pandemic stronger and healthier.

Lisa Logan, Debra D. Williams and Sydney Perry are three of those entrepreneurs. A manicurist, a fitness specialist and a baker respectively, all three are black women and small business owners who've found a way to thrive during the slowdown. The recent Essence feature takes a look at the three of them, and the challenges they've weathered since Covid-19 began. ...

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Finding care for young children suffering from ADHD, anxiety and other common issues can often be a difficult process. Naomi Allen knows firsthand just how hard it can be, having struggled with finding therapy for her five-year-old son. “It was just a black box,” she says.

Now thanks to Allen, there's literally an app for that. Spurred on by her experience, Allen co-founded Palo Alto, California-based Brightline to bridge the gap, and provide families with a virtual behavioral health solution. The Brightline app provides a portal through which children can meet with clinicians to work on problems including ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior and more. And this week, the...

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on business throughout the world, and it continues to transform the landscape of our daily lives. Thankfully, many entrepreneurs have taken this disruption as a rare opportunity to redirect their energy toward the public good.

Operation StaySafe is one good example: they're a coalition of the leading American medical testing companies, along with healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs, 22 companies in all. They are working to create realistic, scalable solutions to the testing problem, and to increase access to comprehensive testing. Not only is StaySafe creating rapid tests accessible at home and work, they go a step further to aggreg...

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After returning to work following the birth of her second child, Michele Liddle felt unfulfilled, and her work schedule was punishing. Liddle traveled sometimes three weeks a month, and still nursing, she was pumping breast milk to ship it home. Somehow, working while her kids slept, she managed to put together her dream company: The Perfect Granola. But Liddle's product wasn't the point: hunger was.

“We’ve never been about the granola," says Liddle. "We’re mission-first. The granola was something to sell to fuel my other ideas on how to fix hunger.”

And Liddle will evidently stop at nothing to fulfill that mission. She is part of the New York Farm-to-School Program, an...

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When he founded nonprofit TechnoServe just over a half-century ago, Ed Bullard espoused a point of view that was downright radical for the time. Namely, that profits and poverty abatement aren't antithetical, and that the two can actually support one another.

Of course, this perspective has become almost mainstream in today's business world. TechnoServe has expanded to 29 countries, connecting big corporations with small farmers to help them prosper and grow their businesses. And they're at the top of their game: Impact Matters, which rates nonprofits based on their impact, has rated TechnoServe as the number one nonprofit in cost effectiveness for reducing poverty.

And as TechnoServe CEO Will...

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For all of the transformation we've seen in the world of venture capital in recent years, evidence suggests that old ideas persist. Unfortunately, barriers still pervade the space: current figures show that women CEOs net only 3 percent of venture capital, and black women CEOs get only 0.2 percent.

As a CEO in the tech sector, Elaine Kunda experienced a modicum of success. But when she left with plans to become an angel investor, she came to learn how hard it was for female entrepreneurs to get funded.

"It was weird," Kunda says. Many women "were way more competent, capable, and further along in their businesses" than comparable men pitching for VC funds, but were routinely passed over. Kunda ...

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When Jen Hidinger-Kendrick’s late husband, chef Ryan Hidinger, contracted gall bladder cancer in 2013, the Atlanta restaurant community rallied around him. Moved by the couple's struggle, they threw a benefit to defray the costs of Hidinger’s cancer treatments, and managed to raise over $300,000.

Sadly, Ryan Hidinger passed away the following year–but his death proved to be the birth of something enduring. Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to food industry workers in Metro Atlanta and Athens, GA, has given over $2.4 million to nearly 2,500 needy workers to date, and there is no end in sight. Yesterday, the James Beard Foundation named Giving Kitc...

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A 22-year-old entrepreneur in New Jersey is challenging attitudes around the abilities of people with Down’s Syndrome, and he’s doing it by leading by example: John Cronin, who himself has the chromosomal condition, is the co-founder of multimillion-dollar startup John’s Crazy Socks.

Launched at the end of 2016, the business grew out of Cronin’s love of crazy sock designs, combined with his desire to go into business with his father. Originally, the two decided to do something to celebrate Down’s Syndrome Day on March 23rd, and things quickly took off from there.

Mark Cronin, John’s father, knows the value of the good example the two are setting. “Ther...

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Socks are far and away the most requested item at homeless shelters, and it isn't difficult to see why. As anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors can tell you, a good pair of socks can be your best friend.

Six-year-old cult favorite Bombas knows that. And they've created a business model that not only updates the quality of socks for the consumer, but gives back by donating pairs to the homeless. In fact, for every pair the firm sells, they donate another pair to someone in need. And we are talking about a lot of socks: to date they've donated 8.6 million pairs.

The popular socks have some clever innovations, including a honeycomb system that actually increases arch support. And people love ...

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