Black Businesses in Bioenergy: How Dr. Alice Prince of Pathways United Recruits

In partnership with the US Department of Energy, under the leadership of Dr. Alice Prince, Pathways United aggressively targets Black Businesses to participate and succeed in the Bioenergy sector.


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Dr. Alice Prince aggressively targets Black businesses through her work with the US Department of Energy

(September 24, 2021. St. Louis, MO) – According to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business Owners: Evidence of Early-Stage Losses from the April 2020 Current Population Survey,” only 637,769 of the 11,710,360 businesses in the United States in April 2020 were Black owned, which is 5.45% of businesses. Yet, the 42.01 million Black people living in the U.S. at the end of 2019 comprise 12.8% of the total population. With publicly traded companies, the numbers are even more miniscule: of the 3,671 public companies in the U.S. reported by The Wall Street Journal in 2017, merely eight Black-owned companies were found, a disappointing and disparaging 0.002% of public companies.

“From the unknown likes of Alexander Miles who invented the electric elevator doors that automatically open and close and chemist, Percy Julian, who was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine and earn 130 chemical patents (lauded for humanitarian achievements) to well known chemist, Madame CJ Walker, and modern day celebrity and astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Black scholars have been a preeminent authority in science and technology from the beginning. Please be reminded of the contributions of businessmen who share your history and encouraged knowing that you have the capability to do the same,” Dr. Prince affirms new program participants via her company’s virtual lunch and learn series.

The Lunch and Learn Series are workshops hosted within the Pathways United Economic Entrepreneur Impact and Diversity Program, sometimes hosted by Dr. Alice Prince. Topics range from Government Entity Registrations to Accounting and Record Keeping/Auditing and Compliance. Access to the Pathways United Lunch and Learn Series may be found on the company website and upcoming dates are as follows:

October 1,2021 – 9 am – 10 am

October 22, 2021 – 9 am – 10 am

November 5, 2021 – 11 am – 12 pm

November 12, 2021 – 11 am – 12 pm

December 3, 2021 – 11 am – 12 pm

December 10, 2021 – 11 am – 12 pm

December 17, 2021 – 11 am – 12 pm

As of September 2021, according to Pathways United Senior Entrepreneur Support Specialist, Greta Moore, over 90% of Pathways United participants are labeled African American. Pathways United has created a program which intentionally and aggressively seeks and supports Black businesses with innovation, expertise, and desire to tackle one of humanity’s greatest challenges, a sustainable and thriving environment using clean bioenergy. Dr. Alice Prince is championing a worthy cause for our environment and the workforce.

Pathways United is a full-service consulting agency that specializes in workforce, education, and youth programs. The team takes a human-centered approach to help organizations innovate and grow in entrepreneurship, bioenergy, and diversity and inclusion sectors. We use a holistic approach to model the commitment for continued professional growth, including leadership mindset, positive and solution-oriented strategies, data analysis, and reflective thinking.

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