Joint Center Releases Data on Use of Digital Tools by Businesses of Color: On Tuesday, October 24, the Joint Center hosted a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to release results from 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 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 Joint Center conducted the survey in partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ron Busby, Jr., Morgan Butler, and Mia L. Woodard wrote our data brief aggregating the most pressing results. The Joint Center will soon 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 important, 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 data brief here.