African-American Leaders and Small Business Owners Share Feelings on COVID-19 Vaccine

African-American Leaders and Small Business Owners Share Feelings on COVID-19 Vaccine

by March 31, 2021

Reimagine Main Street Initiative Launches Campaign to Support Small Business Owners as Covid-19 Vaccine Leaders to Help Workers, Community, and U.S. Economy 

Event will include discussion with small business owners and findings from 3000+ small employers survey of perceptions on vaccines, including breakdown  of business owners of color

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 6, Reimagine Main Street (RMS), a project of Public Private Strategies will launch a public awareness initiative to support small business owners in being leaders with the Covid-19 vaccines with their employees and in their community. As part of the effort, Reimagine Main Street will:

  • Release results of a national survey of small employers fielded in conjunction with the U.S. Black Chambers Inc., U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Asian American Chamber of Commerce;
  • Hear from several diverse small business owners who are working on this issue;
  • Launch an education and outreach effort (including tools and tips sheets for AAPI, Black, Latin(x), and Native small employers) to encourage more small business leaders to promote vaccinations for their workers and communities; and
  • Announce the commitment of hundreds of small business leaders who are taking action in their communities.

The event will include a discussion with small business owners who are vaccine leaders in their local communities, as well as findings from a recent survey conducted by RMS of more than 3,300 small business owners from across the country. The survey results provide a glimpse of how small business owners view the vaccines and their plans for themselves and their workers.

**Members of the media are encouraged to attend**


WHAT: Virtual briefing hosted by Reimagine Main Street launching an initiative to support small business owners and including a panel discussion.


  • Biden Administration Representative (invited)
  • Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Patty Gentry Young, Owner of Young Hair Salon, Springfield, Ohio
  • Shaundell Newsome, Chairman of the Board, Urban Chamber of Commerce &  Small Business Owner, Las Vegas, NV
  • Ginger Torres, Co-Founder, PPE for Najavao First Responders, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tammy Halevy, Senior Advisor, Public Private Strategies
  • Rhett Buttle, Founder, Public Private Strategies & Former Director of Private Sector Engagement, Department of Health & Human Services

WHEN: Tuesday, April 6, at 2:00 PM ET

WHERE: RSVP to [email protected] and you will be provided the details for joining the event. Please sign in 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin.

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About Reimagine Main Street

Small businesses and their workers must rebound from the COVID-19 crisis so that communities thrive and the benefits ripple throughout the economy.  We are a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector initiative focused on advancing and uplifting innovative solutions to ensure that Main Street is at the center of our recovery. Reimagine Main Street is a project of Public Private Strategies.


About Public Private Strategies

Public Private Strategies (PPS) creates opportunities where the public and private sectors meet. We bring together diverse allies including foundations, associations, corporations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to solve pressing societal challenges. By harnessing the power of the private sector, we build coalitions, activate campaigns, and create strategic partnerships to drive desired policy and market outcomes.

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