2018

MAGAZINE


INTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER ONLINE PLATFORM FOR BLACK AND MINORITY FREELANCERS

Incluzion.co launches to help entrepreneurs find and hire diverse US-based freelancers

BlackNews.com

Incluzion.co is a new online platform that easily allows entrepreneurs to find and hire Black, Latinx and Women freelancers based in the United States. Launched by Atlanta startup, Spendwith Corp, the platform strives for more diversity & inclusion in the gig economy.

Incluzion's founder, Spendwith Corp CEO, Jibril Sulaiman, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring freelancers throughout the years, through many of the popular sites. He comments, "I eventually recognized that there were freelancers located in the US with the skills to get the job done, at rates comparable to the global market. However, I only understood after becoming a freelancer myself, in 2016, that even though I was qualified and was willing to hustle by lowering my rate, I still couldn't compete."

According to the Freelancer’s Union, 50.9% of workers in the US will be freelancing by 2027. Close to 50% of millennials have already worked a freelancing gig as of 2017. Workers who freelance often get the opportunity to work on their own schedules, but have fewer opportunities when competing on global freelancing marketplaces. According to recently disclosed financials from the largest freelancer marketplace, Upwork, twenty-nine thousand US-Based freelancers, of Upwork's total 1.8 million global freelancers, earned a wage on its platform. These earnings accounted for 19% of the $1.37 billion in "gross services volume" facilitated through the site.

Freelancers may not be competing well on global sites, but many are using alternative channels to earn money. According to the 2017 study "Freelancing in America", these earnings contributed $1.4 trillion dollars to the US economy in 2016. However, when broken down by gender and race, other studie’s suggest these earnings are plagued by disparities greater than what’s in the overall workforce.

"In 2016, in response to a story about our company on BlackNews.com, I started receiving calls inquiring about web development services from individuals who googled 'Black software companies'. I then knew there was a demand," stated Sulaiman. "Many clients are looking for diverse, US-based freelancers, but in the past, there have been few ways to find them. Clients want diverse, local freelancers because there are various advantages associated with same-country sourcing. Such as parallels in culture, time zones, language and more."

The Incluzion.co platform gives companies and individuals the ability to access diverse freelancers in the US. Clients can post projects and invite freelancers to bid. Freelancers are notified by email when new jobs are posted matching their skills.

To learn more regarding signing up as a client or freelancer on Incluzion, visit https://incluzion.co. Or for more information about Spendwith Corp, visit www.spendwith.com


OneUnited Bank Unveils "Take A Knee" Campaign

9-Week Giveback Campaign to Support Social Justice

PRNewswire

 In an unprecedented move, OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in America, unveils the "Take A Knee" Campaign with a stunning masterpiece, Last Man Standing, by internationally acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. The protest art evokes the importance and burden of activism in America, featuring three football players kneeling during the national anthem. The Take A Knee Campaign is a nod to the national #TakeAKnee movement started by Colin Kaepernick and followed  by over 180 football players including Eric Reid and Kenny Stills in which they refused to stand during the national anthem and instead took a knee in silent protest of police shootings of unarmed Black people and the need for criminal justice reform.

OneUnited Bank unveils Last Man Standing and the #TakeAKnee Campaign to take the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement to the next level. The Bank will donate to the American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU and to BMe Community, in honor of Leon Ford, a BMe Community Genius who is a survivor of police brutality, for each new customer that opens a checking account between October 25, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The Bank will also extend an invitation to all OneUnited Bank customers to become a member of the ACLU and donate to BMe Community.

"Throughout history, art has been used to raise awareness about social issues and affect positive change. We are honored to unveil 'Last Man Standing' and support the ACLU and BMe Community as we continue to support the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement and advocate for social justice," says Teri Williams, President & COO of OneUnited Bank.

OneUnited Bank will make a $25,000 minimum contribution to each organization. For more information on how to participate in the Take a Knee Campaign visit www.oneunited.com/takeaknee. 







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