Karl Benson is in the business of helping other businesses, particularly Black-owned companies. And after months of nationwide tension over racial inequity, his job’s never been more important. An entrepreneur and former Nike Sports Marketing employee, Benson now serves as president and CEO of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, a role he began in 2019. Over the last few months, he’s been working to support Black-owned businesses through the pandemic, which has included everything from marketing help to technical assistance. In the new year, Benson hopes to bring a “laser focus” to his efforts and help sustain a specific small cohort of Black businesses.