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Citizens Bank Announces $1.5 Million Grant Program for Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Citizens Bank to award 100 minority-owned businesses with grants of $15,000 each

Citizens Bank has announced that it will award grants to minority-owned small businesses in recognition of the value that they bring as a vital part of our communities. With this program, Citizens will award 100 grants of $15,000 each ($1.5 million total) to 100 minority-owned businesses (customers and non-customers) across the Citizens 11 state footprint (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont), extending its ongoing small business grant program.

“These grants, part of our ongoing $10 million commitment to promote social equity and advance economic opportunity, extend our promise to building stronger communities in which we operate and are aimed specifically at minority owned businesses to help them realize the positive impact small businesses have in those areas,” said Jack Murphy, President, Business Banking, Citizens Bank.

This program will also include a partnership opportunity (optional to the grant recipient) with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. If the recipient opts in, SCORE will match the business with a mentor to help build and sustain success.

Small Business Grant Program Details:

What: The Citizens Bank Minority-Owned Small Business Grant Program provides assistance to minority-owned businesses within Citizens Bank’s 11 state footprint. Grant Amounts: 100 grants total, each for $15,000, for total of $1.5 million.

Who: Open to both Citizens business banking customers and other businesses who are not Citizens customers in our branch footprint. This grant will be open to businesses that are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled by an individual who is Asian American, Black American, Hispanic American or Native American, in business a minimum of 1 year, with annual revenue up to $1 million.

When: Applications for grants will open Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:00 AM ET – Friday, August 7, 2020, 5 PM ET. Grant award recipients and disbursement of funds will occur in mid-September.

Where: To enter, please visit www.Citizensbank.com/minoritybusinessgrant

How: Applicants can submit a 150-word essay answering the following question:

How would you use this grant to strengthen your business and community?

Entrants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Perceived effectiveness of entrant’s plan to use the grant to strengthen and sustain their business (40%)
  • Perceived effectiveness of entrant’s plan to use the grant to help their community (40%)
  • Appropriateness to grant program theme and Citizens Bank brand image (20%)

Source: Citizens Bank




Lowes Increases Its Minority Grant Program to $30 Million

Home improvement retailer increases its minority grant program to $30 million; efforts continue to focus on support for small businesses and nonprofits led by women and minorities in economically vulnerable communities.

In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the United States, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) has announced it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while donating an additional $25 million to its small business grant program with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), doubling the amount already committed. The additional funds will focus on rural communities, which have been hard hit by the pandemic. The total $55 million commitment makes Lowe’s the largest donor to LISC’s Small Business Relief & Recovery Program and COVID Rapid Relief & Resiliency Fund.

“Having grown up in a small town, I have first-hand knowledge of the extraordinary challenges small business owners in rural communities across the country face during the pandemic. We also remain committed to supporting minority small businesses that are being disproportionately impacted. Today’s announcement that we are increasing our minority grant commitment to $30 million while making an additional $25 million grant donation to rural communities reflects our commitment to double down on our small business grant program and is another step in putting actions behind our words to support all the communities we serve,” said Lowe’s President and CEO Marvin R. Ellison. “We cannot solve this need alone, and I encourage other companies to step up and make a difference in supporting small businesses, which are the cornerstone of our economy. Together, we can make a meaningful difference, especially for those in historically disinvested communities and areas hit hardest by COVID-19.”

Nationwide, 7.5 million small businesses may be at risk of closing permanently, according to a survey by Main Street America. Small businesses in rural communities often face even more hurdles than their urban counterparts due to limited access to bank credit, capital and other support services. For the purpose of these grants, rural communities will be defined based on the USDA Rural Development (RD) standard of a population with 50,000 or less. Without the resources, many of these businesses may permanently close, resulting in significant job loss to the area.

“This remarkable commitment from Lowe’s is a game changer for rural America, and as a someone who grew up in a small rural town, I know directly the impact this investment is going to make for the future of rural businesses, residents and communities,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “With it, we can help rural business owners sustain operations and protect jobs during the current crisis, while at the same time investing in sustainable growth throughout small towns, agricultural communities and coal country.

These grants will provide immediate relief for critical needs such as rent, payroll and operational expenses to keep businesses running. The donation also helps connect both the applicants and grantees to a network of local small business development, support, advocacy and capital access organizations. These grant recipients will receive one year of technical assistance post-grant to help further ensure their survival over the longer-term.

Source: Lowes




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHES ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON WAGE AND HOUR RULES, FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE AS WORKPLACES REOPEN

The United States Department of Labor has published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division includes frequently asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws.

“The U.S. Department of Labor understands how critically American workers and employers need this information as they return to work. Continuing to provide it remains a top priority for the Wage and Hour Division,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “With so many workers and employers committed to the greatest comeback the American workforce has ever seen, we are providing ongoing guidance to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities to protect workers and help ensure a level playing field for employers as our economy recovers.”

Today’s guidance is the latest addition to compliance assistance materials the WHD has published. These materials include a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers resource about paid sick and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA. WHD has also produced two guidance posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, that fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees of their FFCRA rights; Questions and Answers about posting requirements; and simple Quick Benefits Tips to determine how much paid leave the FFCRA allows workers to take.

FFCRA will help the U.S. combat and defeat the coronavirus by reimbursing, through tax credits, American businesses with fewer than 500 employees for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to the coronavirus. The legislation enables employers to provide such paid leave, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to the coronavirus and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Release Number 20-1335-NAT




Old National Bank Forms Partnership with Bankable and MSDC to Support Minority Business Enterprises

Old National Bank (NASDAQ: ONB) has announced a new partnership with Bankable and the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) to promote and support Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).  The partnership will provide unique and flexible financing solutions and business development resources to Mid-States MSDC certified MBEs within the State of Indiana to ensure each entity’s future stability, growth and success.

Old National is providing $50,000 in funding to launch the partnership with an emphasis on broadening economic development and financial empowerment initiatives among diverse businesses and geographies.

“Old National is honored to collaborate with Bankable and Mid-States MSDC to offer financing and resources for MBE’s,” said Stephanie Roland, Community Outreach Director. “We understand that many businesses have been impacted by COVID-19, and we hope this additional support will help ensure stability and growth.”

“Mid-States is excited about this partnership.  Providing small business loans for our council certified MBEs shows ONB and Bankable’s support of our minority businesses here in Indiana,” said Carolyn E. Mosby, President/CEO of Mid-States MSDC. “We look forward to growing our partnership in other areas as well.”

“Community is a core value and critical element of our corporate culture at Old National,” said Old National Chairman & CEO Jim Ryan.  “We are honored to partner with Bankable and Mid-States to drive this commitment forward in meeting the needs of minority-owned businesses throughout the state of Indiana.

For more information about the MBE partnership, visit www.midstatesmsdc.org or call (317) 921-2678.

About Old National
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB), the holding company of Old National Bank, is the largest bank holding company headquartered in Indiana. With $22.1 billion in assets, it ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. and has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for nine consecutive years. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National Bank has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships and keeping our clients at the center of all we do. This is an approach to business that we call The ONB Way. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, Old National offers comprehensive wealth management, investment and capital market services. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at www.oldnational.com.



CMS Energy Names Angela Thompkins Chief Diversity Officer

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), and its principle subsidiary Consumers Energy Corporation, announced Angela Thompkins, currently executive director of Inclusion and Strategic Talent Sourcing, will be appointed vice president & Chief Diversity Officer, effective August 1, 2020.

Ms. Thompkins will be responsible for setting and monitoring the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, as well as partnering with leaders across the organization to improve results related to DEI. Additionally, she has responsibility for establishing and building relationships with communities and organizations that increase the availability of diverse talent within our long-term talent pipeline.

“Angela has a true passion for her work and is a champion for her co-workers and our company,” said Cathy Hendrian, senior vice president of People and Culture at CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “Angela’s extensive background and wealth of experience helps her understand the unique perspectives we need to build a stronger, more inclusive organization, while ensuring every voice within the company is heard.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, provides natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.



Beyoncé Partners with NAACP to Support Small Black-Owned Businesses Affected By COVID-19

Eligible small business owners in Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles can now apply for $10,000 ‘Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund’ grants through July 18.

Beyoncé has partnered with The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to support small black-owned businesses affected by the pandemic through her BeyGood foundation, a global initiative founded in 2013 to inspire people to be kind, to be charitable and to #BeyGood to themselves, to others, to the community, and to our world.

“BeyGOOD announces The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund, assisting small businesses negatively impacted by recent events. The NAACP is proud to partner with BeyGOOD to help strengthen small businesses and to ensure economic empowerment for Black businesses.”

Special grants in the amount of $10,000 each will be offered to small black-owned businesses in five select U.S. cities, which include Atlanta, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, with the specified goal of replacing damaged property.  Submissions will be accepted through July 18, 2020, and selected applicants will be announced on the singer’s website Beyonce.com on July 31, 2020.

“Over the last couple of months, the pandemic and outpours for justice throughout the Black community and across the country has been felt in every imaginable area of our lives, including in how our local businesses continue to operate,” the NAACP said in a recent statement. “The challenges of Black business owners navigating in the climate cannot be understated, as the effects of uprisings across the nation have led to many businesses being placed in dire straits due to damages and other small business needs.”

For additional details on the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund administered by the NAACP and to apply for a grant, please visit https://naacp.org/black-owned-business-impact-fund.

About NAACP

The NAACP, founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the United States. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the country, along with well over two million activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.’



Wells Fargo Bank Donates $400M to Small Businesses Recovery Efforts

We’ve got to help these businesses if we want them to survive the combination of the COVID shutdown and the recession. -Jenny Flores, Head of Small Business Growth Philanthropy

Following an April 2020 industry-leading commitment to donate all gross processing fees from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) has unveiled the details of an approximately $400 million effort to help small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keep their doors open, retain employees, and rebuild. Through Wells Fargo’s new Open for Business Fund, the company will engage nonprofit organizations to provide capital, technical support, and long-term resiliency programs to small businesses with an emphasis on those that are minority-owned businesses.

Through June 30, 2020, Wells Fargo funded loans under the PPP for over 179,000 customers, with an average loan amount of $56,000, totaling $10.1 billion. Of the loans made, 84% of those are for companies that have less than 10 employees; 60% were for amounts of $25,000 or less; and, 90% of these applicants had $2 million or less in annual revenue. Given the federal government’s extension of the PPP, Wells Fargo will reopen its PPP loan application process to eligible customers as soon as possible through a link in Business Online Banking ® or CEO®.

“By donating approximately $400 million in processing fees to assist small businesses in need, Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund creates opportunities for near-term access to capital and addresses the road ahead to meaningful economic recovery, especially for Black and African American entrepreneurs and other minority-owned businesses,” said Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf. “Wells Fargo is committed to helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19 stay open and get back to growth.”

According to data from Wells Fargo’s June Gallup/Small Business Index, more than half of small business owners surveyed expect either stagnant or decreasing revenues in the coming 12 months.

Accelerating Small Business Recovery for Communities in Need

The Open for Business Fund’s initial grants will allocate $28 million to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), also known as nonprofit community lenders, aimed at empowering Black and African American-owned small businesses, which are closing at nearly twice the rate of the industry, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Among the first grantees:

  • Expanding Black Business Credit Initiative (EBBC) will support the launch of the Black Vision Fund to increase the flow of capital to Black-focused CDFIs for transformational work to close the racial wealth gap in African American communities. The CDFIs will also receive capital for urgent deployment to impacted businesses in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will provide grants and low cost capital to more than 2,800 entrepreneurs with a focus on preventing loss in revenue, sustaining employment, and averting vacancies among vulnerable small business owners in urban and rural markets nationwide.

“Black businesses have faced the largest shutdown of any diverse group in the country,” said Ron Busby, Sr., CEO of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. “We lost 41%, or 450,000 Black-owned small businesses, in this pandemic so far and all of those businesses provided jobs so we need to accelerate an economic agenda that helps them recover. The funding that Wells Fargo is putting back into Black businesses and other minority-owned small businesses across the country is truly going to be appreciated and will give the kick start entrepreneurs need to continue and grow.”

Beginning today, the Open for Business Fund is accepting applications from CDFIs and special purpose funds formed by CDFIs serving racially and ethnically diverse small businesses for its first grant cycle, open now through August 7. Additional grant cycles focused on technical assistance and recovery and resiliency will open later this year. Nonprofits can learn more at www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving.

Small business sentiment

The Small Business Index, which provides a quarterly pulse check of sentiment from small business owners on their economic situations and the wider economic landscape, highlighted higher optimism on their financial outlook in June than in April. However, this was still 19% lower than in January, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. In specifically oversampling African American, Hispanic, Asian, and women business owners, June’s survey also observed that 52% of these owners felt the U.S. economy was in a recession or depression, while 26% said they did not feel very prepared or at all prepared for the economic downturn from the pandemic.

“June’s survey saw business owner optimism increasing as reopenings have been getting underway, but the overall data shows that for many, there’s still a long road to recovery,” said Mark Vitner, chief economist at Wells Fargo. “The pandemic’s effects are also still being sorted out as communities across the country are in different stages of recovery, so optimism around indicators like revenues and number of jobs will continue to shift as those stages progress.”

Contributing to the Small Business Ecosystem

Building a thriving small business sector has a lasting impact on communities and on job creation. Since 2015, the $175 million Wells Fargo Diverse Community Capital program has enabled more than 90 CDFIs to finance $1.6 billion in loans and offer 1.8 million hours of training to diverse small business owners, which have helped them sustain 195,000 jobs.

As part of the Diverse Community Capital program, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders started the nation’s largest loan fund for Latino-owned small businesses with a $10 million grant.

Separately, in March, Wells Fargo announced it aims to invest up to $50 million in Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) as part of its commitment to support economic growth in African American communities where MDIs, often community-based banks, provide mortgage loans, small business lending, and other banking services.

SmalI Business Index Methodology

Results for Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey are based on web interviews with 1,478 small business owners, conducted during the period of May 29-June 5, 2020. This survey also included an oversample of diverse segments — ensuring a minimum of 300 interviews each among African American, Asian, and Hispanic small business owners. Beginning in second quarter 2019, the interview process formally transitioned from outbound phone data collection to a national small business web opt-in panel provider.


Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.98 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment, and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,400 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com), and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 263,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Source: Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)



Treasury Department Releases Names of Over 650,000 Small Businesses That Received PPP Loans

The United States Small Business Administration, in consultation with the United States Department of the Treasury, announced July 6, 2020, it was releasing detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This disclosure covers each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made.

“The PPP is providing much-needed relief to millions of American small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs and over 80 percent of all small business employees, who are the drivers of economic growth in our country,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “We are particularly pleased that 27% of the program’s reach in low and moderate income communities which is in proportion to percentage of population in these areas.  The average loan size is approximately $100,000, demonstrating that the program is serving the smallest of businesses,” he continued.  “Today’s release of loan data strikes the appropriate balance of providing the American people with transparency, while protecting sensitive payroll and personal income information of small businesses, sole proprietors, and independent contractors.”

“The PPP is an indisputable success for small businesses, especially to the communities in which these employers serve as the main job creators,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “In three months, this Administration was able to act quickly to get funding into the hands of those who faced enormous obstacles as a result of the pandemic.  Today’s data shows that small businesses of all types and across all industries benefited from this unprecedented program.  The jobs numbers released last week reinforced that PPP is working by keeping employees on payroll and sustaining millions of small businesses through this time.”

Today’s release includes loan-level data, including business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, name of lender, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:

  • $150,000-350,000
  • $350,000-1 million
  • $1-2 million
  • $2-5 million
  • $5-10 million

These categories account for nearly 75 percent of the loan dollars approved.  For all loans below $150,000, SBA is releasing all of the above information except for business names and addresses.

The data release also includes overall statistics regarding dollars lent per state, loan amounts, top lenders, and distribution by industry.  The loans have reached diverse communities proportionally, across all income levels and demographics.

In addition, the data provides information regarding the sizes of participating lenders and participation by community development financial institutions, minority depository institutions, Farm Credit System institutions, fintechs and other nonbanks, and other types of lenders.  It further contains data showing the reach of the program in underserved communities, rural communities, historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones), and participation by religious, grantmaking, civil, professional, and other similar organizations.

Source: Treasury Department



American Airlines Giving Up To 1 Million Points to Minority-Owned Businesses

American Airlines Supports Minority-Owned Small Businesses and Nonprofits, Pledges Up to 1 Million Business Extra Points Toward Future Travel Assistance

American Airlines Group Inc. has announced that it is giving up to 1 million Business Extra® points to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in need of travel support. The airline will award 500,000 points to help these groups cover future travel costs and match up to an additional 500,000 points based on member gifts through July 31, 2020.

The 500,000 gift will be divided evenly between minority-owned small businesses and the airline’s Our Social Good program, which supports organizations that seek to improve stability, health and care for global citizens in need. American is the first major U.S. carrier to give businesses the ability to gift points from their respective company loyalty program accounts to support a cause.

“Our conversations with customers and research throughout the coronavirus pandemic reveal a notable concern for the viability of small businesses,” said Alison Taylor, American’s Chief Customer Officer. “In light of the challenges facing so many, it’s only right that we leverage our platforms to help others. We’ve been developing the ability to gift Business Extra points for some time and are thankful to have one more way to serve as a conduit of care to those in need.”

Additional gifts from Business Extra members may be designated for one of three funds:

  • Our Social Good charitable donation program.
  • Small businesses, with special consideration given to women-owned, LGBTQ-owned and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Minority-owned businesses.

“Now, more than ever, we each have a responsibility to consider how we can do our part to care for the communities we serve,” said Ken Charles, American’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. “We’re proud to leverage our position to support these organizations and the entrepreneurial leaders who drive them forward and hope our customers will join us.”

A recent customer survey conducted by the airline shows travelers’ primary concern during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is the impact on small and local businesses, followed closely by the general economy and the health of their friends and family members. In fact, eight of 10 customers surveyed noted the concern for small and local businesses is “very important right now.”* In addition, many of the airline’s beneficiaries have expressed concerns about budget constraints due to a decline in corporate giving in light of the coronavirus.

Small business applications

Business Extra members with up to 999 employees can apply by July 31 to receive points at BusinessExtra.com. Points will be awarded based on the amount of points requested, importance of travel to the business and the company’s plans for using any points received.

Customer giving

Current Business Extra members can gift points at BusinessExtra.com. Points can be designated for small businesses**, small businesses that are minority-owned or nonprofit organizations through the airline’s Our Social Good partner organizations. The airline will distribute points based on the organizations’ business needs.

Throughout COVID-19, American’s customers have helped care for people on life’s journey through overwhelming generosity. In cooperation with its customers, American has raised more than $3 million to support the American Red Cross and its volunteers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply kits have been provided to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to support medical professionals on the frontlines. American has provided thousands of care packages to military bases to be shared with troops who are quarantined after returning from deployment. As a result of excess inventory due to a reduced flying schedule, American has donated more than 200 tons of food to food banks globally.

More information about the Business Extra point gifts is available at BusinessExtra.com.

Current offers for business travel

Companies who enroll in Business Extra and fly before June 30 will earn 2,000 points – enough for a domestic coach round trip ticket. Enrolling in the program is an easy way for companies to earn free travel and other benefits. Interested companies should enroll online to receive the offer.

In addition to the Business Extra program, travelers may sign up for AirPass, American’s all-inclusive prepaid travel membership program. Through June 30, the airline is offering a lowered entry point of pre-paid travel funds — from $10,000 down to $5,000 per traveler — the program’s most generous offer yet.

*Since April 3, 2020, each week, a representative sample of 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage members are selected and sent a personalized thank you/invitation email to participate in an online survey. Through 11 weeks, 110,000 members who reside in the U.S. have been invited to provide their feedback to American.

**In addition to the dedicated collection for Minority Business Enterprises; special consideration will be given to small business applicants that qualify as Women Business Enterprise; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Business Enterprise; or a Veteran Business Enterprise.

Source: American Airlines Group, Inc.



Lowe’s Diversity and Talent Management VP to Lead Human Resources

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) has appointment Janice Dupre Little executive vice president of human resources, effective June 22, 2020.

Janice Dupre Little is a seasoned executive with 15 years of human resources and diversity and inclusion experience.  Little joined Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in 2017 and most recently served as senior vice president of diversity and talent management. She has worked closely with leaders across the enterprise to expand and develop solutions that support Lowe’s mission and core behaviors while making diversity and inclusion a signature priority for the company. Prior to Lowe’s, Little served as vice president, diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, for McKesson Corp. She also held several human resources leadership positions at Dell. Before transitioning into human resources, Little served in finance and accounting roles with Dell, IBM and Ernst & Young.

“We are pleased that as our executive vice president of human resources Janice will bring her deep understanding of diversity and inclusion to this leadership role,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO. “During her tenure, Janice has been integral in shaping our organization’s global strategies for talent, culture, and leadership development. Her experience working with leaders and maximizing human capital will make her a valuable contributor to our team. We look forward to leveraging her extensive expertise and ensuring Lowe’s remains a workplace of choice for current and future leaders.”

“I am honored and excited to lead the Lowe’s human resources team. People are the company’s most important resource. I look forward to the opportunity to build on Lowe’s commitment to fostering an environment where individuals are treated fairly, valued, respected, safe and inspired to serve customers and the community,” said Little.

Little earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance and management from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is a certified public accountant. She is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council, current board member of Disability:IN and an advisory board member for Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute. In 2016 and 2018, she was named one of Black Enterprise’s Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2019 sales of $72.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.



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