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

Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access (Committee on Small Business)

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (10:00 AM)

2360 RHOB
Washington, D.C.
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.


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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First Published: February 19, 2019 at 10:51 AM