ABCs of Equity

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The economic case for equity is clear: When ALICE prospers, Arkansas prospers.

On March 1, 2021, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and our partners hosted Grow AR Own: Access to Capital in Arkansas, the first installment of our virtual series examining why the money needed to sustain small businesses isn’t reaching businesses run by people of color and women and what we can do to close that capital access gap.

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ALICE in Arkansas — Nearly one out of two households — 46 percent of Arkansans — are either below the federal poverty level or have incomes that cause families to struggle to afford housing, childcare, food, transportation, and healthcare. ALICE in Arkansas is a groundbreaking study sponsored by Entergy Arkansas and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation that reveals the scope of financial hardship in Arkansas. ALICE in Arkansas was eleased in March 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic, ALICE shows that

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The Business Case for Economic Equity in Arkansas — If Arkansas households earned at least the ALICE survival budget, Arkansas would benefit from $8.4 billion more in taxable wages and $6.9 billion more in consumer spending, resulting in a $2.2 billion net gain for the state budget. The Business Case for Economic Equity in Arkansas is a research brief completed by nonprofit research firm Altarum that demonstrates the economic benefits of eliminating inequities experienced by Arkansas's workforce.

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Capital Access Report —While entrepreneurship is clear and necessary pathway to economic growth, Black- and LatinX-owned businesses in Arkansas received less than two percent of the $1 billion loan awarded between 2015 to 2019. The Captial Access Report is a comprehensive survey of women and minority-owned businesses in Arkansas that documents the factors and barriers to capital access. (Please note that you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before being granted access prior to the Foundation's official release of this report.)

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It's time to #StandUpforALICE and make hard work, work for all.

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