24 Apr Mayor Briley Announces Minority Business Council
I was recently announced as the Chair of the Minority Business Council by Nashville Mayor David Briley, along with Ashford Hughes Sr.’s promotion to Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer. The council is comprised of 16 members and at least one member of each ethnic minority can be identified based on the Minority/ Women Business Enterprise.
“Nashville is experiencing incredible economic growth, but not everyone is enjoying the benefits of our success. I am committed to listening, building trust, and implementing meaningful measures to create opportunities for all business owners to prosper without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, or zip code,” said Mayor Briley.
The purpose of the Minority Business Advisory Council is to develop strategies that will spur wealth creation for minority business owners. The 16 member council is supposed to meet quarterly and submit an annual report detailing a situational analysis of the challenges and opportunities for minority business growth. The council will also suggest proposals to improve contracting opportunities with Metro, entrepreneurship, access to workforce training and talent, technological support, and access to capital.
I see this role as an extension of the work I’ve been doing on behalf of the Nashville Minority Business Center and the Contracting for Equity campaign we introduced this year. For the past three years, we’ve been reviewing national best practices, speaking with experts on public contracting across the country, and looking for the best contracting solutions to present to the State of Tennessee. It is my hope that many of the policies we recently recommended to the state legislature earlier this year will be considered by the city’s Minority Business Advisory Council.
I look forward to the work of the Council.