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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Applauds Obama Administration’s Efforts To Expand Procurement Opportunities for Minority, Women and Veteran Owned Small Businesses

Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke praised the Obama Administration for reaffirming its commitment to increasing Federal contracting opportunities for small, minority- owned, women-owned, and service disabled veteran-owned businesses.


“I am pleased that this Administration recognizes the tremendous contributions made by our small businesses,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. “Although they are disproportionately affected by the current economic downturn, these firms have held our economy together and serve as the guiding light for its future. Given the proper resources and development, these same firms will serve as the catalysts for our long term competitiveness in the global marketplace.”

The announcement of this initiative precedes an important gathering of minority business leaders in Washington.

From August 26-28, 2009, the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency will be hosting the National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference in Washington, D.C. This conference provides a forum for minority business owners to interact with fellow entrepreneurs, government officials, and private sector leaders. It is also an opportunity to explore methods in expanding opportunities and access in this challenging global economy.

“I applaud Secretary Locke and Director Hinson for their outreach in bringing the nation’s leading minority business owners to D.C. for what is certain to be an informative and productive conference.”