Business Ownership and the Racial Wealth Gap

One of the factors that has contributed to the racial wealth gap is lower levels of business and financial assets held by African Americans and Latinos. Business and financial assets are a critical tool for individuals to diversify and grow their wealth. Although rates of business ownership among African Americans and Latinos have been growing during the past decade, their firms remain smaller and less likely to survive than those owned by white entrepreneurs. This event – hosted by FIELD at the Aspen Institute – explores the factors that inhibit the growth of Latino and African-American owned firms, and the practices and policies that can be effective in strengthening their ability to contribute to wealth and job creation and to overall economic growth. To learn more, visit…

Featured Speakers:

Marla Bilonick
Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center

Veronica O. Davis
Co-owner and Principal Planning Manager, Nspiregreen

Alicia Robb
Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Maya Rockeymoore
Founder, President, and CEO, Global Policy Solutions LLC


Gillian B. White
Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic