2015 Economic Development Briefing – Ana Pupo
"Accessing Government Contracts and Developing the U.S. Economy: Leveling the Playing Field for Minority-Owned Businesses"
Moderated by CHCI-Ford Foundation Law Graduate Fellow Ana Pupo
Programs to support Minority-Owned Businesses (MBEs) in government contracting have developed as a response to executive and congressional findings of MBE discrimination in the marketplace. Though these programs have evolved over the years to better level the playing field for these businesses, access to support for MBEs lingers as an issue and during the recent economic downturn these inequities have been exacerbated. This briefing brings together experts to discuss ways to improve these programs in areas ranging from competition, contract management, and publicity of programs, to contract bundling in order to reduce the barriers that preclude MBEs from having an equal opportunity at developing our economy.
Angela Franco, President and CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Y. Maria Martinez, Founder and CEO, Respira Medical
Albert K. Shen, National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency
Christopher R. Yukins, Professor of Government Contract Law, George Washington University
The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.