T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses—a number has risen by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Click here to visit the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s helpful resource guide to help those looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses.

Need additional resources around STEAM? The T.D. Jakes Foundation has compiled a list of STEAM resources for the arts, coding, and engineering and even resources specifically for kids and teachers. Check out our STEAM resources here.

Dallas Update

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced the creation of a new task force for the advancement of Dallas as a top city for startup businesses and entrepreneurs. Dallas is the home of 11 Fortune 500 company headquarters, and Mayor Johnson looks to continue Dallas’ growth by attracting, retaining and supporting startup companies. Learn more.

Supporting Black-owned Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has weighed heavily on small businesses and, according to an August analysis from the Federal Reserve, Black-owned small business owners have suffered disproportionately due to the locations of their businesses and the barriers they face in accessing federal hardship loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information, CNBC provides a list of resources that will make supporting Black-owned businesses seamless this holiday season.

Education Update

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen homes transform into workplaces and classrooms, as offices and schools around the world have closed their doors in effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result, e-learning platforms have become a place that people can use to learn new skills and gain certifications. Business Insider compiled a list of the most popular online learning platforms that you can sign up for and start online learning as soon as today.

As of Nov. 13, Dallas ISD increased its internet bandwidth to 20 gigabytes per second, with hopes to increase to 100 gigabytes per second by Dec. 18. With many teachers, students and work-from-home employees logging onto the internet all at once, expanding of bandwidth will result in improved video and sound quality. Learn more via Dallas ISD.

Lest We Forget

December 7 was National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; and in honor of this day, Robert Madison, a 97-year-old World War II veteran, recalled his time in battle. Black soldiers were segregated and marginalized, and Madison remembers a profound moment when a white general acknowledged his all-Black battalion. Hear more via NPR on Madison’s time in battle.


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