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Charlie Baker Announces New Grants For Mostly Non-White Businesses

December 23, 2020

Some Massachusetts businesses will receive help from the state amid the coronavirus emergency.

If you’re a white man who owns a business, however, that might not be the case.

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, announced that more than 1,150 small businesses in the state have been approved for about $49 million in grants, as Fox Business reports.

Of those businesses, 94 percent are minority-owned and 76 percent are owned by women. Additionally, some businesses are veteran owned and others owned by people who identify as homosexual or transgender.

“This has obviously also been a very challenging year for other sectors of our economy and small business owners perhaps more than anyone else have gone through unimaginable disruption, loss and uncertainty,” Baker said, according to Fox Business. “Despite that, they’ve done everything in their power to keep their staff and their customers as safe as they possibly can and to commit to this state’s very aggressive safety protocols.”

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