Issa Rae to Hold Fireside Chat Highlighting the Challenges & Courage of Small Business Owners

Gaby M. Rojas

In honor of Black History Month, Intuit QuickBooks and Mailchimp are hosting a live, virtual fireside chat to highlight the experiences and remarkable courage it takes for Black-owned entrepreneurs and small businesses to overcome the hurdles they encounter on their paths to success.

In a conversation sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks + Mailchimp, the world’s leading small business technology platform, Issa Rae and Nate Burleson will host a live, virtual “Conversation about Courage” that will provide personal insights and practical advice for U.S. and Canadian Black-owned small businesses on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

Economic and social inequalities continue to challenge Black businesses. Across the U.S. and Canada, new data from QuickBooks shows that more than 75 percent of black businesses believe that they are judged more critically than non-Black businesses. Additionally, more than 55 percent have been denied a business loan at least once — compared to 37 percent of non-Black business owners in the U.S.

Attendees will come away with insights into the entrepreneurial journey, a glimpse into the challenges that Black small business owners encounter, and a better understanding of the courage it takes to be triumphant in the face of adversity. Attendees can register for free at

Helping to advocate and empower underserved entrepreneurial communities is central to Intuit’s mission of powering prosperity worldwide. QuickBooks celebrates Black-owned businesses and their courageousness. Through this ongoing event series—featuring discussions with real business owners, policy makers and business leaders—QuickBooks is providing an opportunity for business owners to tell their unique stories of courage, learn from one another, connect and gain access to the insights and resources they need to thrive.




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