RICHMOND, Va. — Small businesses are recognized as the backbone of the economy which is why helping them rebound is critical to Central Virginia’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Minority-owned businesses, specifically, might need an extra boost.
Nestled in Richmond’s East End is J&G Workforce Development Services.
“We’re located in the heart of one of our low-income communities,” said CEO and president, Grace Washington. “We have to be accessible to the residents, because that’s who we want to assist in improving their lives.”
Much of Washington’s work involves connecting minorities to jobs. As a Black business leader herself, she knows firsthand that career success for people of color can be an uphill battle sometimes.
“Whether it be reentry, or substance abuse, or mental health, lack of skills, lack of education, whatever those barriers are, we can get them into the system and start them on a career