10 Recommendations for Developing Empowered Local Minority Communities

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I was the featured speaker at Heartland 2050’s Broadly Speaking Series. To concluded thediverse-communities-1-728 presentation I shared 10 recommendations to empower local minority communities through entrepreneurship. Here is the list. I welcome feedback.

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1.Add to your community service focus work that creating creators of jobs as opposed to consumers of jobs and resources in Black and Hispanic communities.

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Stop Comparing Black Business Development to Ethnic Immigrant Business Development!

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One of the things I hear most is “Hispanic community so-and-so did this in growing their business community, why can’t Black folks?”

The reality is that we are talking about two different social and economic phenomena. This is especially true if you factor in the history of racism and slavery in America. Continue reading “Stop Comparing Black Business Development to Ethnic Immigrant Business Development!”

Startups and Young Firms Dominate Job Creation So Why Don’t our Economic Development Policies Reflect This?

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Another research report continues to add to the body of evidence that when it comes to job creation, focusing on supporting the businesses that you have and creating a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem is the way to go.  Recently the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report titled, State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base.  In this report they found a few key things:

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