LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, May 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Diversify Retail® Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing minority representation in the retail industry through educational programs, grants, scholarships and activities community building, has partnered with specialty retailer Citi Trends to award ten $5,000 grants to Black business owners doing exceptional work.

Funded by Citi Trends’ CITIcares Council, which oversees change initiatives for the company’s customers and employees, the Black History Makers Grant Program raises awareness among Black-owned businesses and community organizations. Working in tandem, diversifying retail® Inc. facilitated the application, judging process and interviewed all finalists to select recipients.

After a lengthy selection process of only 10 applicants out of more than 9,000, the CITIcares Council has selected the following entrepreneurs who are actively and positively impacting their communities:

The Black Period

Basically, diversifying retail® Inc. focuses on developing the current and future generation of retail leaders, while simultaneously stimulating economic growth in minority communities. Through their collective, they curate revenue-generating opportunities for BIPOC brands and retailers, and through their events, equip them with the tools to successfully maximize those opportunities. Diversity-focused retailers can become a member of their buying office to be matched with their next bestseller, which also happens to be a BIPOC-owned brand.

Diversify retail® expands its retail partnerships to include hosting supplier diversity information sessions to continue to serve as a bridge between ready-to-sell BIPOC brands and big-box and specialty retailers looking to onboard them . This is one of many Diversifying Retail initiatives® has in the pipeline to support the development of entrepreneurs in retail.

Diversify retail® would like to thank all applicants and congratulate all winners of the 2022 Black History Makers Grants. You can find additional information about all winners at cititrends.com/bhm-winners-2022

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About Diversify Retail® Inc.:
Diversify retail® Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing minority representation in the retail industry. Through their educational events for minority students and entrepreneurs, their buying office for diversity-focused retailers, and their collaborative corporate partnerships, they work passionately to build a fair industry for all. For more information visit https://diversifyretail.org/

About Citi Trends:
Citi Trends, Inc. is a growing specialty retailer of apparel, accessories and home trends for significantly less expense, primarily for African American and Latina families in the United States. The Company operates 614 stores located in 33 states. For more information, visit cititrends.com or your local store.

Chynna Gordon
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