Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Bench

The change we want to see starts with our own actions

Systems of racism and discrimination exist. Bench has been complicit in these systems, and we need to actively work against them. We’re engaged in the ongoing work of identifying and dismantling systems of racism and discrimination throughout our workplace, and building more just ones.

This work won’t be perfect—we are going to make mistakes. But action is non-negotiable. We are committed to investing in change, learning/unlearning, apologizing when we fail, and trying again.




Commitment Updates

Each quarter, we provide an update on our progress, and where we’ve fallen short. This is not about patting ourselves on the back or virtue signaling. It’s about holding ourselves accountable to make big changes in how we operate as a company—and how we play our part in dismantling systemic inequity. See our updates from this past quarter below.

April to June 2022

Bench Bridge
First Nations Technology Council: Moving Beyond Inclusion Partnership for Reconciliation
Juneteenth
Black History Month Giveaway Winners
Belonging at Bench
Where We’ve Fallen Short

Our Commitment to You

We will continue to provide quarterly updates on our progress towards becoming an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory company. We owe that to you, the people who work here, and our community. Doing so holds us accountable, and ensures that we maintain momentum on this critical and ongoing journey.

Thanks for being here with us. As always, please let us know if you have feedback, questions, or suggestions.

Resources

As America's largest professional bookkeeping service for small businesses, we are uniquely positioned to offer valuable resources to minority-owned businesses. This page will continue to be updated as we add more resources.

Programs, Grants, and Resources for Black-Owned Businesses

Black businesses disproportionately have less access to capital. Here are 7 different programs trying to address that inequality.

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A Big List of Small Business Grants for Women* (2022)

If you’re a woman and own a business, you might be eligible for the small business grants listed in this article.

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*When we say women, we mean all women. Particularly trans, queer, BIPOC, and other women with intersecting identities.

Business Grants and Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses

We've compiled the top financial relief resources for minority-owned small businesses in the United States.

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We acknowledge that Bench headquarters is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.