Photo by Mike Petrucci/Unsplash -- African-American-owned businesses are the backbone of their communities, major contributors to our growing economy, and sources of innovation and thought leadership

As one of those African American business owners, I know minority-owned companies have great potential to contribute more to our economy. But I also know first-hand the challenges we face. As much progress as our country has made on equal rights, it’s still as our parents told us growing up: To be successful, you have to work twice —or three times—as hard as a White person.

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