New Bill Would Produce Partnerships Between the Small Business Administration and HBCUs

Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings has recently introduced the Parren Mitchell Minority Business Education and Empowerment Act of 2019. The bill will facilitate federal partnerships between the Small Business Administration (SBA) and historically Black colleges and universities. Through this bill, the SBA will be required to distribute grants to a trial group of different-sized HBCUs to establish Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) on their campuses.

“As a proud Howard University graduate and a member of Morgan State University’s Board of Regents, I know the vital role Historically Black Colleges and Universities play in preparing young people to become leaders in their communities,” said Rep. Cummings. “Meanwhile, small businesses power the American economy while creating jobs and opportunities within communities. The Small Business Administration has signaled that it wants to be a leader in enhancing federal partnerships and resource allocation to HBCUs; this legislation will help facilitate this growth and develop data to inform further SBA activity with HBCUs on a larger scale.”

The bill will require the SBA to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the programs, curriculum, and success of the Small Business Development Centers developed under the grants. The report will also outline the economic impact of the SBDC counseling provided at each HBCU, and the number of small businesses each HBCU has assisted through their respective programs.

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