It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Inez Long, a cherished member of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Board and the President & CEO of the Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF). Inez’s departure leaves an immense void in our community, and her legacy will continue to inspire us for years to come.

Inez Long dedicated her life to championing economic equity and empowerment for underserved communities. As the President & CEO of BBIF, she spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at providing financial resources and business support to minority entrepreneurs. Her leadership transformed BBIF into a beacon of hope and opportunity, helping countless small business owners achieve their dreams.

As an esteemed member of the AEO Board, Inez brought invaluable insight, passion, and dedication to our organization. Her strategic vision and unwavering commitment to fostering entrepreneurship played a crucial role in shaping AEO’s mission and impact. Inez’s contributions have left an indelible mark on AEO, and her wisdom and guidance will be profoundly missed.

Inez Long’s work extended beyond the confines of boardrooms and offices. She was a mentor, a leader, and a friend to many in the community. Her tireless efforts to uplift minority businesses have created a ripple effect, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs to pursue their ambitions with confidence and resilience.

In reflecting on Inez’s remarkable journey, we celebrate her life and the profound difference she made. Her legacy is a testament to the power of dedication, compassion, and visionary leadership. As we mourn her loss, we also honor her memory by continuing the work she was so passionate about—empowering small businesses and fostering economic equity.

In honor of Inez Long, AEO remains steadfast in our commitment to support and uplift underserved entrepreneurs. We will carry forward her vision with renewed vigor, ensuring that her legacy of empowerment and economic inclusion lives on.

To those who had the privilege of knowing Inez Long, she was more than a leader; she was a beacon of hope, a source of inspiration, and a champion for justice. Her kindness, intelligence, and unyielding dedication to the community will forever remain in our hearts.

As we remember Inez Long, we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. Her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Rest in Peace, Inez Long.

Your legacy of empowerment and your spirit of generosity will continue to illuminate our path forward.