Virginia’s new Minority Business Commission could make a real difference for minority business owners trying to get ahead in a competitive economic environment that sometimes seems stacked against them.
Lawmakers approved creation of the commission in the two-year budget Gov. Ralph Northam signed in May. The bill took effect on July 1. It’s already been holding virtual forums with business owners in Hampton Roads to find out how they think the commission can help them.
The idea is to give minority business owners and entrepreneurs a forum to have their problems and opinions heard. It also should be a place where those in a position to do something about those concerns will listen and work together with business owners to come up with reforms and solutions.
The commission brings together business owners from across the state, lawmakers, local officials and representatives of advocacy groups.