Celebrating Pride Month

June 30, 2022 | Company News

June 30, 2022 – This June, Forward celebrated Pride Month by hosting workshops, sharing resources, and donating to The Trevor Project and BAGLY – organizations that support LGBTQ+ youth.

The first workshop, led by Omari Aarons (he/him), Founder & Managing Partner of Aarons Group LLC, discussed the intersectionality of Juneteenth and Pride Month. He highlighted the ways in which both Juneteenth and Pride Month have origins in acknowledging and celebrating the strength and resilience of historically marginalized groups, and how they can serve as reminders that the work is not done. Omari wrapped the session with actionable takeaways for the team to learn more and get involved.

The second workshop session titled Gender vs. Sexuality, was hosted by Chris Angel Murphy (they/them), founder of Gender Sexuality Info and the Allyship Is A Verb podcast. They walked through foundational LGBTQ+ terminology and key concepts, provided allyship tips for both inside and outside the workplace, and provided additional best practices and resources. They emphasized the importance of incorporating gender-neutral language, particularly in the workplace, as a way of making sure that all people and employees feel welcome and included. A key takeaway from the presentation was the use of the Platinum Rule – treat others the way they want to be treated – as opposed to the more well known Golden Rule.

Forward is committed to ensuring that all employees are able to bring their full, authentic selves to work, and feel safe and celebrated in doing so. Supporting and building an inclusive culture is an everyday focus for the company, and they foster this environment by hosting these educational sessions frequently throughout the year.

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Forward Financing is a Boston-based financial technology company that provides fast, flexible capital to small businesses nationwide that have been long underserved by traditional financing options. By simplifying the requirements, streamlining the process, and using advanced proprietary technology, Forward Financing is able to deliver approvals within minutes and funding within hours — giving more businesses the financial opportunity they need to thrive. Plus, with their dedicated teams and award-winning service, customers get personalized support when they need it most.

Since 2012, Forward Financing has expanded Main Street’s access to capital by providing over $1.5 billion in funding to more than 35,000 small businesses. The company is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau, with an ‘Excellent / 4.9 stars’ rating on Forward Financing was named a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston and has been named by both Inc. magazine and the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts’ fastest-growing companies each year since 2017. Forward Financing is committed to helping their people and the small businesses they serve to achieve their full potential.