Talent Is Equal, Access Is Not
As part of our mission to use the assets, influences, and resources we have to create a more just world, we created the Impact5x Economic Justice Project.
Answering the Call
Phase 2 - 500 SMBs
Based on the real needs of Small Business Owners from marginalized communities across the globe, we have connected the Silver Lining Action Plan™ with innovation projects and public engagement campaigns that will help small businesses succeed. Phase 2, which was completed in October 2022, proved underserved Small Business Owners’ aptitude, resiliency, and ability to succeed when offered the same intentional and high-quality support, structure, and resources received by their peers and innovative methods for closing resource and access gaps in the small business industry for good.
Phase 3 - 5000 SMBs
With the learnings from Phase 2, we are excited to evolve the initiative from a cohort approach to a community Small Business Owner-focused approach, where SMB owners that have completed Phase 2 will take the lead, becoming the change in their community to drive the next level of the economic justice revolution.
We CAN Change The Economy One Small Business At A Time
When someone is ready to take action and has resources, support, and structure wrapped around them – they CAN hit their goals. Our 13-month program has a meaningful impact on small business owners’ success rates. Scaling this success, we have the power to reduce poverty, increase job creation, develop strong communities, and create a more just economy.
The attributes that we so often celebrate in entrepreneurs are not
what it really takes to grow a business. Based on the significant
data that we collect through our SaaS platform, we know that focus,
discipline, and accountability create success. These are not things
you need to be born with – these are traits we can develop in every
We need to consciously foster a strong sense of pride in all small
business owners. The story of entrepreneurship has become
focused on raising millions, selling for billions, and building apps.
The backbone of the economy, however, is and always will be
small business owners. They are the ones who create jobs, pay
taxes, contribute to their communities, and yet too often are
The old-school model for business owners focuses on getting rich
at all costs – and then, once rich, giving money away. That model is
not working. We must instill a new sense of responsibility among
business leaders to use their businesses as a tool for justice.
The reality is that for those of us lucky enough to be born into any privilege, the hard work we invest gets outsized rewards. We don’t have to feel guilty about our privilege – but we must use it to create businesses and opportunities that result in an equal chance of success for everyone.
Program Strategy: Phase 2 Highlights
Impact5X combats systemic bias and inequality and helps more small businesses succeed by providing underserved business owners with access to the same people, products, and services as their more privileged counterparts. We explore when community-specific programming makes sense and reframe the entrepreneurial narrative to open the hearts and minds of stakeholders to combat prejudice, and activate ALL stakeholders to do their part, ANY small business can succeed.
The Silver Lining Action Plan™ (SLAP™) helps Small Business Owners set their financial goals and create an action plan to hit them. The 13-month program is built on behavior change science principles, is tech-enabled, and provides expert support to help you reach your small business goals.
SLAPcapital™ has created SLAPloans, which are underwritten based 100% on SLAPdata (the performance and behaviors of SMBs as reported through their SLAP™ profile). No credit scores, financial statements, collateral, or personal guarantees are required. SLAPcapital™ gives Small Business Owners a chance to access capital without the bias and flaws in the current capital systems.
Impact5000 is ready to disrupt inadequate business accelerators and mentoring programs. The top 20 SMBs will receive $5000 each to create a Ground Up Revolution with small business owners in their community. The top 250 SMBs will join our SASSer program, which includes exclusive events, resource offers, and strategy sessions. Finally, Silver Lining will create innovative investment opportunities, tools, and resources to empower local Small Business Owners in another 200 communities worldwide.
TYSB x Impact5000
Thank You Small Business was created with the mission to celebrate, support, and thank Small Business Owners for all that they do for their families, teams, communities, and the economy. The TYSB x Impact5000 Campaign will feature our cohort participants in a standout advertising campaign that will draw more clients and opportunities to benefit their business goals.
Global Community - Global Leadership
Impact 5000 will be led by 20 of Phase 2’s top-performing participants. In Phase 3, these accomplished owners will continue to receive support in growing their small businesses while receiving resources to lead specially-programmed Impact5X economic justice initiatives in their communities.
The Phase 2 Impact5X Leaders were chosen because they are incredible people who work with and represent Small Business Owners from marginalized communities around the world. Their voices and leadership have shaped the overall Impact5X program and strategy. They provided additional leadership and custom program elements to the cohort that they led. Not only did the 500 participating Small Business Owners get all of the structure and support of the core Impact5X Program, they also gained so many additional resources from the Impact5X Leader whose cohort they joined!
Edward Meda, Kyah Parrot & Carissa Reiniger
Bringing together business owners who represent global diversity in age, race, religion, location, gender association, and physical ability.
William Hayden & Daniel Taylor
Driving business and creative momentum for entrepreneurs in majority Black communities.
MSME HORIZONS 20
Increasing the connection, skills, and global profile of 10 female business owners in the manufacturing industry in Africa.
Tamara Goddard & Ted Reiniger
Creating support and strong economies for Indigenous business owners in Canada.
Diego Palma & Denisse Melgarejo
Creating opportunities and access for small business owners with different abilities.
Increasing success and investor readiness for refugee-led and refugee-supporting small businesses globally.
Creating community, resources, profile, and support to oppose the challenges faced by LGBTQIA small business owners.
Jonathan Miron & Philip Sheegog
Bolstering financial sustainability and entrepreneurial mindsets for artists from around the world.
Christine Ann Morse
Creating support and opportunity for Latin American business owners throughout South America.
Connecting 25 female black business owners who represent cities and experiences from around the world.
Jules Brooke & Mia Maze
Making female founders and women doing extraordinary things in business more visible globally. It’s time to change the conversation.
WE CREATE 10
A group of 10 amazing female identifying artists who are creating economic success through their art.
Celebrating and supporting Palestinian women and youth small businesses owners.
Addressing the unique challenges faced by Asian business owners throughout Southeast Asia.
Raising The Volume On Voices That Matter™ by giving diverse and emerging authors business support.
Creating Fearless Communicators who share their stories and amplify their voice with authentic POWER!
Celebrating and Elevating First Nation Businesses owners, on a national and global level.
INSPIRED WOMEN 10
Celebrate, elevate and expanding the footprint of Africa owned small businesses.
This incredible group of successful business leaders knows that tackling systemic bias and inequality requires more than philanthropy. In addition to a financial contribution, they champion Impact5X Leaders and the participating Small Business Owners with their time, shared connections, and a willingness to listen and learn.
Founder & CEO, HelloArt
EVP, Embodied Feminine Woman Institute
Co-Founder, Left Tackle Capital
Founder & CEO, Spohn Ranch
Founder & CEO, Smooth Synergy
Management Consultant, Robin Hood Foundation
Sr Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual
Founder & CEO, Marstar Investments
Entrepreneur & Investor
Principal, Bequia Securities
Co-Founder & CEO, Outcome Life
Sr Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Partners
Co-Founder, First Women’s Bank
Chief Marketing Officer, A.Lynn
DR. JEN MESSINA
Founder, Messina Leadership Advising
CEO, Sarjay Inc
Founder & CEO, Molinari Media
Founder & CEO, QED National
Founder, MORR Strategy
CFO, Pima Association
Founder & CEO, Circadian Funding
Founder & CEO, Inspira Marketing
MAMIE KANFER STEWART
Founder, The Modern Manager
Founder & CEO, Transcend Tech
Founder & Executive Director, Raremark
NELL DERICK DEBEVOISE
CEO and Co-Founder, Purposeful Growth Institute
Want To Get Involved?
Impact5x Phase 3 launches in 2023. Do you want to make a lasting impact in the global Small Business community and strengthen the world economy? Connect with us today to join the revolution and learn how to become a Funding Partner or Impact Strategist!