About Hack the Hood:
Hack the Hood is an award-winning non-profit that introduces low-income youth of color to careers in tech by hiring and training them to build websites for real small businesses in their own communities. During workshops and “Boot Camps,” young people gain valuable hands-on experience building mobile-friendly websites, executing search engine optimization (SEO), and helping businesses get listed in local online directories.
In addition to relevant technical skills, youth also learn critical leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills under the guidance of staff members and volunteer mentors who are professionals working in the field.
About Small Business Majority:
Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. We actively engage small business owners across America to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive.
Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program delivers resources and information to entrepreneurs in key areas of running a small business. Core program areas are: Access to capital, Business skills, Technology, Workforce benefits and Retirement security.
Our Webz for Small Biz initiative is supported by the Technology area of our Entrepreneurship Program.
The rise of digital technology has elevated small business opportunities to new heights, presenting innovative solutions to old business challenges like marketing and financing. Entrepreneurs and small business owners now have unprecedented freedom to work on their own terms while leading an extraordinary wave of innovation. However, many entrepreneurs lack education about how to use these technologies, especially underserved entrepreneurs in low- and moderate-income communities.
Our Technology program provides information and education to small business owners about ways to adopt and leverage technology to grow and compete. Central to this program are cross-sector partnerships with government, community and private entities that offer tech programs and products geared for small businesses, like Hack the Hood.
Small Business Majority is also committed to youth employment opportunity. Our Small Biz 4 Youth website provides suggestions for best practices that small business owners can consider for providing employment, internship and mentorship opportunities to our nation’s unemployed youth, complete with a pledge to take action at their business in order to put America’s youth to work.