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Summit on Entrepreneurship and Development in Communities of Color to Take Place at the U.S. Capitol Complex April 21

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Owning a business can help reduce the racial and ethnic wealth gap by allowing individuals to fulfill their potential to create wealth-generating opportunities for themselves and others. But entrepreneurs of color face roadblocks in securing financing and growing their businesses, which leaves their communities behind as well.

The third annual Color of Wealth Summit, themed "The Inclusion Revolution: Race, Economic Mobility, and the Future of America," will focus on strengthening entrepreneurship in communities of color. A roundtable will explore case studies and research on economic development in low-income communities and will discuss strategies to maintain and strengthen community wellbeing, improve health outcomes, provide equal opportunities, and improve neighborhood safety.

The summit also includes a Shark-a-Thon session, in which innovators will present ideas to bring low-income communities into the financial mainstream. A panel of business-savvy professionals will critique the concepts and offer feedback. The winner will receive a $10,000 planning grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Members of the media can register by contacting Simona Combi at or 202-735-0519.

WHAT: "The Inclusion Revolution: Race, Economic Mobility, and The Future of America"
WHERE: U.S. Capitol Complex
WHEN: April 21, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. EDT
Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
Michael S. Barr, Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Janis Bowdler, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency
Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Professor, City University of New York
Gary Cunningham, President and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Connie Evans, President and CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Christy Finsel, Executive Director, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition
Jerry Nemorin, Founder and CEO, LendStreet
Jamal Simmons, Principal, The Raben Group
Patricia Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, The Reinvestment Fund
Ray Suarez, Host, Inside Story, Al Jazeera America
• Others to be announced

The Center for Global Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) think tank and action organization that labors in pursuit of a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive world in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive in safe and sustainable environments.

CONTACT: Simona Combi

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