“As President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address, Black Enterprise, in partnership with Walmart, hosted a forum to evaluate the economic and financial state of black America. Under the banner, ‘20/20 Vision: A Look Ahead at Black America in the Next Economic Boom,’ the event brought together business leaders, policy makers, economists and entrepreneurs to discuss issues vital to the future of African Americans and the nation as a whole: jobs and workforce readiness; small business and innovation; and financial reform and wealth building.. The dialogue resulted in a series of policy recommendations directed to the Obama Administration as well as strategies for black-owned businesses, trade associations and other organizations shaping future plans. The analysis and recommendations came from a group of the best and brightest including BE Board of Economists members Bernard Anderson and Thomas Boston; BE 100s CEOs Janice Bryant Howroyd of temporary services giant Act-1 Group and Bill Mays of Mays Chemical, financial powerhouses Christopher Williams of Williams Capital Group LP and Eugene Profit of Profit Investment Management. Input was also provided from a cadre of Obama Administration officials: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Commerce Department Senior Advisor Rick Wade, Presidential Economic Advisor Jared Bernstein and National Director, Minority Business Development Agency David Hinson. In reviewing policies in wide-ranging areas such as the green economy, education, global trade, financial reform and capital formation, many of these officials encouraged forum participants to play a role in the policy-making process by offering suggestions and feedback.”
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