Black Business Must Be Part Of The Solution

With protests entering their third week across all 50 states, and an ongoing pandemic exposing brutal disparities in both economic and physical health, this country is at a pivotal moment. The issues at stake are far from new. But a sudden convergence of tragic events have again exposed the dramatic inequality in America’s foundation. The federal government, corporate sector, financial institutions and small business will all have a role to play in delivering justice for black communities.

In order to explore a path forward, I turned to Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. I have known and worked with Ron for more than a decade. He’s a successful former business owner, who grew his first company, USA Superclean, into a $15 million business and the largest black-owned janitorial firm in the country. Before that, Ron honed his skills at some of the nation’s largest corporations, including Exxon, Xerox, IBM and Coca-Cola. He has served on the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities and the White House African American Leadership Council. I spoke with him about this historic moment, the challenges of health and wealth creation in black communities, and the role all of us can play in supporting black-owned businesses.

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