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USBC Elevates the Voice of Black Business at Critical Senate Hearing on Racial Discrimination

MAY 6, 2024 – BOWIE, MD – The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. submitted testimony for a recently held Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship CommitteePromoting Opportunity: The Need for Targeted Federal Business Programs to Address Ongoing Racial Discrimination” hearing at Bowie State University that addressed the pervasive issue of racial discrimination within the entrepreneurial landscape and government contracting. This landmark hearing convened policymakers, industry leaders, and advocates to scrutinize and strategize against systemic biases affecting Black-owned businesses nationwide.


Ron Busby Sr., President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., released the following statement in addition to his testimony:

“The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship committee hearing at Bowie State University serves as a pivotal moment in our collective efforts to combat systemic racism in business. By shining a spotlight on the barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs, we propel vital conversations and demand actionable solutions to level the playing field and continue to march towards closing the black wealth gap.”


At the hearing, Black business owners underscored the tangible impacts of discriminatory practices on their ventures, amplifying the imperative for legislative and policy interventions.


Bowie State University, renowned as the oldest Historically Black College University in Maryland, served as the fitting backdrop for this consequential discussion. Recognizing its historical significance and commitment to fostering excellence within the Black community, the university provided a poignant setting to confront the challenges hindering Black entrepreneurs’ success.