Of Eastern North Carolina
Year-end Board Address
As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect back on not only the tumultuous times that have surely encapsulated our reality but on the bounty of blessings and opportunities that accompanied the seeming chaos. We learned to appreciate the little in-between moments, and cherish our family and loved ones even more. We found intuitive new methods to communicate and connect, as well as rallied our friends and family to help our neighbors and small businesses remain healthy. 2020 was a year of edification, appreciation, and growth through social distance for our Young Urban Professionals throughout Eastern NC. Today, we present a window into the house that our community continues to help YUP build as we all engineer ways to assemble a "new normal" for not just our businesses, but our lives. Have a peek at just some of the work that YUP has been involved in for Q4 2020:
1. Volunteering -
December - Toys for Tots - Greenville - Churches Outreach Network
November 21st - USCT Encampment Food Giveaway
October/November - voter education and registration through various platforms and GOTV events
October 31st - Free PPE and Candy Giveaway with Alderwoman Harris and Alderman Best of City of New Bern
October 20th - YUP leadership assisted with crafting COVID-19 nonprofit grant program with City of New Bern officials
October 3rd - Mumfeast/Craven Arts Council - Bank of the Arts
2. Education -
November - NC Commerce: MURR Program - nccommerce.com/grants-incentives/disaster-recovery
October - IFUNDWOMEN Grants - ifundwomen.com
October 24th - Black Entrepreneurs Day presented by Chase, curated by Daymond John, partnered with NAACP - blackenterprise.com
2020 - Advocate for gun safety and concealed carry classes with Instructor and Marine Vet Stephen Brown found here:
3. Media Mentions
December - 52 Faces Ad - https://www.facebook.com/yupenc/posts/2853582314926384
November - Giving Tuesday - https://www.newbernsj.com/.../giving-tuesday.../6084186002/
October - New Bern Now Pod Squad - https://newbernnow.com/.../living-in-new-bern-and-beyond...
4. Member/Associate Spotlight - The secret’s out. The ENC is on , pairing local talent with national and international opportunities, especially for our minority businesses. Check out some of our member and associate highlights on our FB page, here:
5. Membership - Semi-Annual Sale, 50% off individual memberships, now extended until Jan 15th, 2021! - https://www.yup-enc.org/forms
Please feel free to disseminate across any and all platforms you deem appropriate. And keep in mind that it is YUP's mission to stimulate economic development among marginalized individuals who are business owners and entrepreneurs; promote enterprises among communities and educate people interested in or currently active in business and entrepreneurial endeavors. Also, if you know of any person, organization, business, or CPA rep looking for last-minute donation ideas or tax write-offs, we are a certified 501(c)3 with a mission to collectively serve.
We look forward to partnering in excellence with you all in the New Year. We wish you Happy Safe Holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year), however you choose to celebrate!
It is our goal to stimulate economic development among marginalized individuals who are business owners and entrepreneurs; promote enterprises among communities and educate people interested in or currently active in business and entrepreneurial endeavors