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Exploring Challenges and Opportunities of Underserved Businesses in the 21st Century

Washington, 0 Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 10:00
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “Exploring Challenges and Opportunities of Underserved Businesses in the 21st Century.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Diverse and women-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. economy. However, these businesses have historically faced significant obstacles in starting a business and accessing affordable capital and procurement opportunities. Regrettably, this remains true despite increased social awareness of the challenges faced by women, minorities, veterans, and rural entrepreneurs. This hearing will explore the challenges faced by these traditionally underserved businesses, and what role Congress can play to optimize their success.

Hearing Notice

Hearing Memo 


Ms. Marla Bilonick
Executive Director 
Latino Economic Development Center 
Washington, DC 

Ms. Sharon Pinder   
President & CEO 
Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council 
Silver Spring, MD  

Mr. Davy Leghorn 
Assistant Director
American Legion Veterans Employment & Education Division 
Washington, DC 

Mr. Michael Romano
Sr. Vice President of Industry Affairs & Business Development
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Arlington, VA

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