At Fiserv, we have a proud history of supporting millions of small businesses across a wide range of sectors. Many of these businesses have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects are even more acute for minority-owned small businesses.
That’s why we’re giving back to help get small businesses Back2Business. The program is a multi-pronged initiative to strengthen small businesses in targeted communities through financial support, business expertise, leading technology solutions such as the popular Clover point-of-sale platform from Fiserv, strategic partnerships and community engagement.
We headed back to Milwaukee – the city both Fiserv and the Bucks call home – to host a Small Business Forum at Fiserv Forum with the Milwaukee Bucks. Twenty Milwaukee area minority-owned small business owners – who were selected for their impact in the community and on the Bucks players themselves – were invited to an event focused on discussing the most pressing challenges small business owners face today.
Mike “Coach Bud” Budenholzer, Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks; Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum; Bob Hau, Chief Financial Officer, along with community partners from the Sherman Phoenix, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce – surprised these local businesses with a free Clover Flex along with a Back2Business grant.
The Clover Traveling Tech Team put the pedal to the metal as they raced into Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday, February 12. Fiserv SVP of Business Continuity Jim Kelly and VP of Business Development for GBS Shane Caldwell presented Back2Business grants to Kale Café co-owners Camille and Omar Brown, and Katherine McCladdie of Katherine’s Kreations – all of whom have strong ties to the Daytona Beach community.
We recently visited our headquarters hometown of Milwaukee and home of Fiserv Forum to hand-deliver Back2Business grants. Confectionately Yours, Twisted Plants, Power Moves MKE and Heaven’s Table BBQ received grants for the innovative ways they plan to take their businesses from survive to thrive and for actively serving the Milwaukee community. Along the way, we were accompanied by local news crew TMJ4 Milwaukee.
The Clover Traveling Tech Team cruised into Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, September 24. Fiserv President of Merchant Joint Ventures and Acquirer Processing Kim Crawford Goodman presented Back2Business recovery grants to small minority-owned businesses with strong ties to the Atlanta community: Angela Watts of RAGTRADE ATLANTA and Mario Johnson of The Beverly.
On Thursday, September 17, the Clover Traveling Tech Team once again put the pedal to the metal as it rolled into City Hall in sunny Coral Springs, Florida. We were joined by several local community leaders who participated in the event as Fiserv presented Back2Business grants to Hyacinth Jones, owner and chef of Achsah's Jamaican Restaurant, and Judith and Mike Able, co-owners of Swirl Wine Bistro.
Our Back2Business program began with our CEO Frank Bisignano paying a special visit to a trio of minority-owned small businesses. Frank was joined by local community leaders to personally deliver Back2Business grants and access to small business consulting services.
Brown Butter, Brooklyn Tea and Daddy Greens were selected by Fiserv and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as minority-owned small businesses heavily impacted by the pandemic. They each received a $10,000 Back2Business grant, complimentary business coaching, access to technology and connection to local resources to help their business get back to business and actively serve the Brooklyn community.