Our Pledge to Black Owned Businesses

 

 

Our pledge to Black-owned businesses

 

These have been hard days—days that have forced us to look in the mirror and realize that there is so much more we must do to combat the systemic racism that has oppressed Black Americans in this country. It should not have taken George Floyd’s death for us to be deeply moved to action against systems that are biased towards racial disparity.

 

From a business perspective, COVID-19 shutdowns combined with the impact of civil protests in Black communities have been particularly devastating to Black-owned businesses. Even with government programs designed especially for COVID-19 relief, like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), 43% of Black business owners received less favorable treatment when they inquired about an application and 44% were discouraged from applying.

I’m glad to announce the details of Our pledge to Black-owned businesses:

 

Snagajob will donate up to $1 million in free job postings and we’re waiving all of our service fees on Talent Pools shifts for the next 12 months to Black-owned businesses.

We know that black-owned businesses strengthen local economies and create jobs. They’re more than just a place to buy goods and services—they provide programs, resources and a cultural hub. Supporting them means supporting Black communities. 

 

As the initial outrage starts to fade from the headlines, we will not be complacent or silent. We’re continuing to educate, advocate and innovate to use our nationwide reach for the good of both Black employers and hourly workers. 

 

 

Mathieu Stevenson

Snagajob CEO

We’ve committed to addressing systemic racism in three ways—education, advocacy and product innovation. You can read more about our plans for these three directions in my post, Standing with the Black community.

 

About the Author

Mathieu Stevenson

Mathieu Stevenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Snagajob. Appointed in 2019 after previously serving as Snagajob’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mathieu and his team are focused on using data and AI to realize the vision of becoming the first truly on-demand platform for hourly work, instantly connecting millions of hourly workers with hiring employers. Mathieu brings deep technology and marketplace experience across venture owned and public companies, including leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, HomeAway Inc (NASDAQ: AWAY), and most recently, Blucora Inc (NASDAQ: BCOR) where Mathieu served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. Mathieu and his wife Catie have three active, young boys. The family is enjoying their new home and community in Richmond, VA. Mathieu is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he received his Masters of Business Administration. His first hourly job was as a lifeguard.

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