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Congesswoman Adams Secures Hearing to Probe SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (348 hits)

Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) will join the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations for a hearing titled, “Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

The hearing was requested by Congresswoman Adams after she commissioned a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine whether Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are receiving adequate support from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help students become successful entrepreneurs.

The report found that despite decades of White House Executive Orders promoting engagement with HBCUs, strengthening HBCU participation in federal programs, and directing federal agencies to identify priorities for working with HBCUs, there has been no specific HBCU outreach at the SBA. In fact, only 18 out of 101 HBCUs are part of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network. Of the 63 institutions that serve as lead centers in the SBDC network, only two are HBCUs.

Members of the media are encouraged to cover the hearing.

WHO: Congresswoman Alma Adams, Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus
Subcommittee Chairwoman Judy Chu
Members of the House Small Business Committee
Witnesses:
• Panel One
o Ms. Anna Maria Ortiz, Acting Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
o Mr. Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
• Panel Two
o Dr. Paulette Dillard, President, Shaw University, Raleigh, NC
o Dr. Barron H. Harvey, Dean of the School of Business, Howard University, Washington, DC
o Dr. Michael H. Casson, Dean of the School of Business, Delaware State University, Dover, DE
o Dr. Roslyn Clark, Artis President and CEO, Benedict College, Columbia, SC

WHAT: Hearing: “Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges And Universities”

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: House Small Business Committee Hearing Room
2360 Rayburn House Office Building

A livestream will be available on the Committee’s Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnYcuO2JQhVbnCR8ltmSacQ
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Thursday, April 25th 2019 at 4:14PM
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