Scott O'Neil, Josh Harris And Others Give Back On MLK Day

Matty-Sways

Take advantage of these programs aimed at black business owners on MLK day.

The below is a small excerpt from a press release penned by Scott O'Neil, CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” - Martin Luther King Jr.  

On today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I reflect upon a favorite quote from Dr. King - “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’”  This past year, more so than any other point in my 20-year career in this industry, I have reflected upon the concept of legacy. This past year, all that was concrete was shattered, all that was guaranteed became cloudy. When the world becomes uncertain - we lean on our certainties. But our families were divided across states and nations, our places of worship were shuttered; our offices thriving with energy and innovation were ghost towns, many closed forever. There were no easy layups or ‘gimmes’ in 2020. I questioned what WAS permanent, what WOULD live beyond and through a draught? The answer - is our commitment to others, our legacy to drive meaningful change, our ability to make palpable, lasting impact on the world. 

Did you know 41 percent of Black-owned businesses shut down at the start of the pandemic? 

Did you know that Black businesses average less than a third of annual sales compared to white-owned businesses? 

These statistics have no place in our society. 

Our intentions to uncover worthy Black business owners are ambitious and authentic. I urge you to share the links below with your colleagues, friends and family. I encourage you to post the opportunity socially, to text it to your friends and their network. Drop a note on the Facebook page of a Black-owned business that you patronize or with whom you partner. 

New Jersey Devils Buy Black Program ApplicationNewJerseyDevils.com/buyblack

Philadelphia 76ers Buy Black Program ApplicationSixers.com/BuyBlack

For generations, the fans and community in the regions of Philadelphia and New Jersey have cheered and shared in the successes of our teams on the court and ice - - and now is our opportunity to cheer on your successes, champion your victories. All I want in the Box Score is assists. (But I assure you, we have more than “dimes” to give…) 

Additionally, the ParentPreneur Foundation is excited to announce applications are open for $1,000 grants for ten Black ParentPreneurs. Applications will close this Friday at 11:59 pm EDT.

"We paid for mental therapy for thirty people, gave away $20,000 in grants, gave scholarships to Seth Godin's marketing seminar, approved $60,000 in AWS server credits for our members, and so much more." said the CEO James Oliver.

In order to be eligible for a grant, you need to join our online community.

And to apply for one of the ten $1,000 grants, apply here -->

I hope one of these programs or other will help to level the playing field for all those hard working black entrepreneurs.

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