Green For All Celebrates National Small Business Week Green Businesses Owned by Women, People of Color Thriving


Contact: Alyssa Cocchi

OAKLAND, CA – As we mark the 50th Anniversary of National Small Business Week, Green For All is celebrating the gains of small green businesses—especially those owned by historically underrepresented Americans. 

“Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit have always propelled our country forward, even in tough economic times,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. “Today’s small green businesses play a key role in creating a healthier, more sustainable economy. Companies that provide services like wind and solar power, weatherization, and sustainable food do more than generate profits. They’re putting people to work and building a better future for our kids and grandkids.”

Green industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy. In the midst of the economic downturn, states with more green industry fared better. Sustainable businesses offer tremendous opportunity for communities who’ve often been left behind in the old economy, including women, people of color, and low-income Americans.

“From manufacturing solar panels, to weatherizing homes, and cleaning up environmental hazards—we’re seeing more and more underrepresented Americans play a leading role in building the new green economy,” Ellis-Lamkins said.

Green For All’s “I am the green economy” campaign features business owners who are creating jobs and cleaner air and water for all of us. You can read the profiles HERE.

In an effort to spur growth of small green businesses, one of Green For All’s focus areas is Business Engagement Strategies. The group’s Business Coaching and Mentoring program has helped hundreds of small businesses, supporting more than 1,000 jobs.


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