Delaney Holds Roundtable with Minority Entrepreneurs in Detroit


Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Delaney Holds Roundtable with Minority Entrepreneurs in Detroit


FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – John Delaney held a roundtable discussion with female entrepreneurs of color in Detroit today, in an event hosted by the Detroit Development Fund. During the discussion, they covered the challenges people of color – especially women of color – face in business.

“I thank these women for taking the time to sit down with me today and for sharing their stories and experience,” said Delaney. “As someone who started two companies and took them public, I understand the struggles and risks that entrepreneurs face when starting a business and can only imagine the additional challenges people of color face. I truly admire these women for their entrepreneurial success in the face of adversity and an unfair economy that, unfortunately, discriminates against people of color. We need to do everything we can to make our economy stronger and fairer by encouraging investments in every zip code, expanding access to capital, and cutting duplicative and unnecessary red tape.”

The Detroit Development Fund manages the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, which provides business capital for Detroit businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color and businesses that primarily hire people of color.

Delaney founded and led two publicly-traded companies and is a former winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Delaney’s businesses focused on providing access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses.

This week, Delaney campaigned in Nebraska, New Jersey, and Michigan, and will head to Iowa this weekend for his 21st trip to the state where he will open two offices – one in Des Moines and one in Cedar Rapids.

Watch the roundtable discussion here.