October 4, 2022
Spotlight on Marlena Tucker-Fishman

Pronouns: She/Her Current Town: Waterbury Center Years in VT: 14 Industry: Cannabis Retail  Business Name: Zenbarn Farms Business email and/or website: Tell us a bit about your background. Marlena Tucker-Fishman: Marlena was born in Queens, and grew up in Piscataway NJ.  She spent her early career as an educator and youth mentor working with […]

September 6, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 9

We are happy to announce the launch of our membership database with the goal of offering exclusive opportunities for BIPOC members to connect virtually automating some of the functional components of the site and ensuring that the site remains relevant to new members and keeping existing members up to date in the latest resources.  All current members […]

Spotlight on Abdisalan Sheikhbile

Pronouns: He/Him Current Town: Burlington, VT Years in VT: 10 Industry: Residential/Commercial Cleaning Services  Business Name: Cleaners Unit Business email and/or website: Tell us a bit about your background.  I arrived in Vermont June of 2012, but before that I lived in Lewiston, ME since 2007.  Before arriving in Maine I lived in […]

July 28, 2022
Spotlight on Marcus Stittum

Pronouns: He/Him Current Town: Winooski, VT Years in VT: 2 Industry: Hospitality  Business Name: Barbara Jean’s Southern Kitchen by Proper and Á Table Private Chef Services.  Business email and/or website: Tell us a bit about your background. Before arriving in Vermont, I worked as a culinary instructor for the department of labor. The program […]

July 26, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 8

It is time for our 2nd Annual August Kickback. We hope that you are able to join us for our family friendly event at Oakledge Park, Burlington! This month, we’re focusing on BIPOC Business Owners! BIPOC markets are estimated at about $3.9 trillion in buying power. To put that in context, that’s more than the […]

July 6, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 7

This month, we’re focusing on BIPOC Mental Health! July was first declared as National BIPOC Health History Month in 2008 to acknowledge and explore issues concerning mental health, substance use disorders and BIPOC communities to destigmatize mental illness and enhance public awareness of mental illness among affected BIPOC groups. Studies show that racial and sexual minority […]

Spotlight on Elaine Wang

Pronouns: she/they Current Town: Winooski Years in VT: 17 Industry: Local Government Profession: City Manager Organizational website: Contact Elaine: Tell us a bit about your background. My parents immigrated to the US for economic opportunity. When they were little, they fled a civil war in China. Both of those influenced how they raised […]

June 6, 2022
Spotlight on Emiliano Void

Pronouns: he/him/his Current Town: Burlington Years in VT: 6 Industry: Racial Equity Consulting Business name: nuwave Equity Corporation Business contact: Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. Born and raised in Montreal, last of 7 kids. I went to college in Maine, finished in Worcester, MA. What do you enjoy […]

Newsletter Vol 2 No 6

This month, we’re focusing on Juneteenth! Juneteenth came nearly two years after the signing of the  Emancipation Proclamation doctrine but Juneteenth is considered to be Independence Day for African Americans and is one of the longest celebrated holidays within the community. Juneteenth has previously went by the name of Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Second Independence day, and […]