National Black Business Month
- Capital Guide
- Alabama Office of Minority Business Enterprise
- Arizona DBE
- Arkansas Small and Minority Business
- California PUC General Order 156
- Delaware Office of Minority and Womens Business Enterprise
- Colorado Minority Business Office
- D.C. Small and Local Business Development
- Florida Office of Supplier Diversity
- Illinois Office of Urban Assistance
- Iowa Targeted Small Business
- Kansas Office of Minority and Women's Business
- Indiana Division of Minority and Womens Business
- Louisiana Small and Emerging Business Development
- Maryland Minority Business
- Massachusetts Office of Supplier Diversity
- Minnesota Targeted Group Small Business Program
- Michigan Economic Development Corp.
- Mississippi Development Authority Minority Business
- Missouri Urban Enterprise Loans
- Nebraska DBE Unified Certification Program
- Nevada Unified Certification Program
- New Jersey Unified Certification Program
- Empire State Development DMWBE
- N.C. Minority Support Center
- Ohio Division of Minority Business Enterprise
- Oklahoma minority business resources
- Oregon Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Business
- Pennsylvania Business Opportunities Fund
- Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise
- South Carolina Governor's Office of Small and Minority Business
- Tennessee Governor's Office of Diversity Business
- Texas Historically Underutilized Business Program
- Virginia Dept. of Minority Business Enterprise
- Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises
Second term extends business opportunities
For African-American businesses in general, the second Obama term provides continued movement, if tedious, towards full economic inclusion. Like Gilbert's initiative, most of that progress will be the continuation of policies enacted during the first term and implementation of civil rights enforcement.
Some of those key areas where business decisionmakers are already setting their sights are:
Food and Entertainment -- As the First Consumers, the Obamas have boosted a number of local restaurants around the country ranging from New Orleans to Omaha as soul food lover President Obama has visited and invited chefs like Marcus Samuelssen to cook at the White House. Black performers turned out for the election campaign and will be frequent guests in the White House.
Transportation & Infrastructure -- During the summer, the little-noticed extension of the five year transportation bill authored by California Sen. Barbara Boxer, reauthorized the ten percent goal for disadvantaged small business participation in all federally financed projects for a $52 billion yearly appropriation. After scrutiny for the low participation of black-owned firms during the first Obama term, as noted in a state by state analysis by Job Creation and Innovation: State of Black Business, 9th edition, the Transportation Dept. is likely to hold states more accountable for improvements.
Health Care -- The election maintains the Affordable Care Act, which has specific provisions for addressing health disparities for minority populations. Again, the National Institutes of Health completed a study which found racial factors played a key role in awarding research grants last year. The impact of those findings should play out in more attention to diversity in research. The creation of the Center for Minority Health and Health Dispairties creates dedicated funding. Greater access to health insurance should support community based health providers. The 400,000 African-American personal health businesses are the largest sector among black businesses nationally.
Finance -- Dodd-Frank regulations include the creation of offices of inclusion in every federal financial regulator, with responsibility for evaluating the way their regulated businesses practice equal opportunity in employment, procurement and service. Expert William Cunningham has suggested this will result in hundreds of millions in new business opportunities with the agencies and those firms.
Technology and Innovation -- Close ties between the administration and venture capital interests are bringing a hint of corporate social responsibility among the notoriously laissez-faire industry. Silicon Valley veteran Ken Coleman has taken the lead on matching African-American innovators with Sand Hill road. An array of federal innovation competitions are giving new options for funding innovation. June Riley's VC Taskforce is developing a session to decipher them all Innovation & Equity 2013: Keeping America First in Technology: Public Innovation and Supplier Diversity hosts an array of federal leaders on Jan. 15, 2013 for the 13th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.
Education -- For the first time in memory, the Education Department has undertaken civil rights enforcement against major school districts for failing to provide equal opportunities to African-American students. With $20 billion or more spent on their education, this offers opportunities for new content and professional development.
Agriculture -- The completion of the Pigford 2 settlement clears the way for a new relationship with African-American farmers. Rev. Al Sampson shared some of his aspirations for linking those farmers with urban consumers during a discussion with top Agriculture officials during the opening event of National Black Business Month in Harlem last August. The healthy food initiative is encouraging the development of grocery stores in black neighborhoods.
Environmental Justice -- The energetic Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has made environmental justice a priority throughout the government, giving community groups an ally for information and inclusion in the issues attendant to climate change. Companies like Johnson Battery Technology, 510Nano and ChloroFill are developing solutions to many of those looming problems.
Unfinished agenda items include the impact of foreclosures in black neighborhoods and fostering more manufacturing jobs in those communities to undergird local economies and more aggressive trade development with the Caribbean and Africa.