Thursday, November 17th, 2022

1201 Boston Post Rd Unit #1092, Milford, CT 06460

About the CT Minority Business Economic Summit

Connecticut Minority businesses are all invited to engage and discuss business issues that have impacted them before, during, and post the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hosted by the Connecticut Minority Business Initiative (MBI) for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the Connecticut Minority Business Economic Summit’s purpose is to

Engage Connecticut Minority businesses to network and connect with leaders and stakeholders from the public, government, private, finance, corporate, industry, and foundation sectors.

The Summit will address structural barriers and deficits, historically held views, and actions negatively impacting these businesses.

Address solutions and discuss strategies supporting business development, growth, and sustainability for the entrepreneur/business owner and their community. 

The Summit’s goal is to begin the building blocks toward an economic ecosystem that leverages relationships, and resources and secures opportunities for minority businesses.

Another goal is to realize, respect, and relate to the common bond minority businesses have in their efforts to level the playing field when it comes to access to capital and resources to be competitive in the business landscape.

About The MBI

The mission of the Minority Business Initiative (“MBI”) is to promote access and remove barriers to entrepreneurship for Connecticut minorities so that business ownership across Connecticut reflects the state’s demographic makeup.

MBI’s vision is that all Connecticut minorities should have fair and equal opportunity, access and support to pursue entrepreneurship.  Many social and environmental factors impact the likelihood an individual will succeed as an entrepreneur. These factors include access to quality education, access to information, adequate food, affordable healthcare, shelter and economic stability, and the degree to which individuals have access to these factors collectively reflects their economic resiliency.  As a body within Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”), MBI will strive to address economic resiliency gaps consistent with DECD’s mission and goals, and will seek partners and allies to collaborate with MBI to impact economic resiliency components that fall outside DECD’s charge.  With this holistic and collaborative view, MBI seeks to close the business ownership, prosperity and economic resiliency gaps for all Connecticut residents.

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MBI Leadership

David Lehman
David LehmanCommissioner, CT DECD
Dr. Roberta Hoskie
Dr. Roberta HoskieMinority Business Initative Advisory Council
Paul Robertson
Paul RobertsonDeputy Commissioner, CT. DECD
Leticia Colon de Mejias
Leticia Colon de MejiasMinority Business Initative Advisory Council
Douglas McCrory
Douglas McCroryState Senator
Howard K. Hill
Howard K. HillCo-Chair of the MBI

1201 Boston Post Rd Unit #1092, Milford, CT 06460