Waste Management, Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce and Houston Area Leaders and Organizations Launch #SharetheMicandtheMoneyNow to Elevate Black-Women Owned Businesses

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Four-day event aims to raise awareness and provide a platform for corporate dollar contracts

HOUSTON – Aug. 18, 2020 – In conjunction with
National Black Business Month, Waste Management, the Greater Houston Black
Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Houston announced the launch of “Share The Mic
and The Money Now,” a four-day virtual event aimed at elevating
the power of allyship and bringing Black women
business owners and leaders to a network of decision-makers that can provide
them with significant and lucrative opportunities for their businesses.

Starting on August 25, “Share
The Mic and The Money Now,” will begin with Black women executives having live Twitter chats with White
women executive counterparts, followed by 40 Houston-based
Black women business owners pitching their services
to participating companies for the opportunity to earn contracts worth
millions. Organizers have also
collaborated with the Greater Houston Partnership on the event.

“Waste Management’s support of ‘Share The Mic
and The Money Now’ aligns with our values and vision for
a future that is one of inclusion,” said Tamla
Oates-Forney, senior vice president and chief people officer for Waste
Management. “We are excited to collaborate with Houston area business
leaders to ensure that this experience can successfully connect Black
and White Women Executives and help local Black women-owned
businesses to grow further and elevate their brands.”

On the final day, August 28, selected Black
women business owners will be notified of a corporation’s
intent to engage them as
new suppliers. Additionally, the businesswomen will walk away with a business
mentorship provided by Leadership Houston Alumni.

“The number of companies started by black
women has increased by over 160% in the last 13 years, so this group has
forged a path in the business world,” said Carol Guess, chair, Greater Houston
Black Chamber of Commerce. “Despite these inroads, black women still do
not see the same level of revenue as their white counterparts, which is why I
am excited about the ‘Share The Mic and The Money Now’ initiative. Elevating
black women-owned firms will help elevate not just the black community, but the
community as a whole.”

Through the commitment and support from
corporations wanting to diversify their suppliers, “Share the Mic and the Money
Now” seeks to secure 40 million dollars’ worth of corporate contracts for the
selected Black women-owned businesses within the next couple of years.

Corporations interested in supporting this
effort by committing to provide a Black woman-owned business with a supplier
contract are encouraged to apply through August 21 by visiting the #ShareTheMicAndTheMoneyNow website.

Members of the public can
follow the live Twitter conversations using the hashtag
#ShareTheMicAndTheMoneyNow.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is
the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services
in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection,
transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a
leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in
the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial,
industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information
about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com.

ABOUT GREATER HOUSTON BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
(GHBC)

Founded in 1935 as the
city’s first African American civic organization, the GHBC has evolved into an
active participant in the City of Houston’s socioeconomic process. The
organization is a 501(c)(6), not for-profit, private, member-driven
organization that serves the Greater Houston Area. The GHBC helps its partners
and members navigate Houston’s large, diverse population, industries and the
many nuances, which are unique to Houston.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Waste
Management

Eloisa Orozco
619.778.6303
eorozco1@wm.com

Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce

Misty Starks
832.283.7575
mysty@mistybluemedia.com



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