2014 Assets Learning Conference

Entrepreneurship as an Asset in Communities of Color

Friday, September 19th, 2014
10:15-11:45 AM

Room: Gallaudet

As inequality in our cities continues to rise, especially in communities of color, asset building for low- and moderate-income families becomes increasingly challenging. Faced with falling real wages, a growing number of individuals are turning to entrepreneurship to supplement their incomes and become self-sufficient. In the US, the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs are African-American women, building on significant growth in the numbers of new small minority-owned businesses over the last decade. Hear from three cities on how they are promoting entrepreneurship as an asset building strategy and what this means for efforts to address the growing racial wealth gap in the US.


  • Sergio Gascon, Los Angeles Minority Business Development Agency
  • Roxanne Nava, City of Chicago
  • Robert Summers, DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • Jean Horstman, Interise (Moderator)

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