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The Texas Roundtable comes to Abilene

The Texas Roundtable comes to Abilene

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

By Floyd MillerThe Abilene Black Chamber and the Texas Association of African Americans Chambers of Commerce hosted a Roundtable at TSTC. The purpose of this gathering was to give more African American the information they need to do business with the state. Mr. Charles O’Neal, CEO of TAAACC presented some pretty alarming number when it comes to African Americans doing business with the state. He said “ We were flabbergasted during last session to learn that spending with Black-owned businesses totaled a paltry ONE POINT SIX THREE PERCENT of about $14.5 BILLION spent for goods and services in the 2012 budget.”Pretty bad, huh? Imagine, then, our reaction when we discovered that in the 2014 HUB spending report contract awards to Black-owned businesses had slipped to 1.22%… THAT’S A PROBLEM!!!There are nearly 200,000 Black owned businesses in our state and by the time of the 2020 Census, Texas will have the 2nd largest Black population among the 50 states. None of this will make a difference if Black Texans don’t have an opportunity to earn a return on our taxpayer investment.The meeting in Abilene was a success; several business owners saw some potential and will stay in contact with the agencies that could use their product or services. The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce will be having their annual meeting in Austin September 24th thru September 26th. This will be a great opportunity to further network and hopefully get a big contract. Please register at www.taaacc.org