On Tuesday, October 24, the Joint Center hosted a panel on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the release of our new survey on The Use of Digital Tools by Black and Latino Businesses. The briefing featured remarks by several Members, including Rep. Nydia Velazquez (Ranking Member, House Small Business Committee), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Ranking Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology), Rep. Dwight Evans (Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access), Rep. Gregory Meeks (Senior Member, House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee), and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (Member, House Education and Workforce Committee). Other speakers included Google Strategic Partnerships & Outreach Counsel Chanelle Hardy, Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce Founder Tayde Aburto, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. President & CEO Ron Busby, Sr., and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce VP of Corporate Affairs Sebastian Ontiveros.
The survey was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Our data brief aggregating the most pressing results from this survey was written by Ron Busby, Jr., Morgan Butler, and Mia L. Woodard. Later this year, we will release a comprehensive report on Black and Latino businesses and the Internet Economy. This report will provide an extensive overview of the current landscape for Black and Latino businesses, as well as the landscape of available digital tools that are helping businesses grow from sole proprietors to job creators. Most importantly, our report will examine how Black and Latino entrepreneurs can capitalize on technological advancements to not only stay competitive in the new economy, but to leapfrog ahead.
Read the full survey here.