Media Advisory: Report Will Address State of Black-Owned Businesses in Texas

June 17, 2014

EVENT: State Sen. Royce West and University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers will join researchers from The University of Texas at Austin as they issue a report, prepared in collaboration with the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce, on the state of black-owned businesses in Texas. The event is open to the public.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 19.

WHERE: Texas Capitol, south steps, facing Congress Avenue

BACKGROUND: The Bureau of Business Research, part of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, will report on the state of black-owned businesses in Texas, based on demographic data and a statewide survey of black business owners. Bruce Kellison, associate director of the bureau, and members of the research team will comment on the findings after handing over an official copy of the report to leaders from the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC). Speakers at the event will include:

  • Charles O’Neal, Executive Consultant, TAAACC
  • State Sen. Royce West
  • Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bruce Kellison, co-author of the study and associate director of the Bureau of Business Research

The report will address metrics of black-owned businesses in Texas and obstacles perceived by business owners. The complete report will be available at the website of the IC2 Institute immediately after the event June 19 at http://ic2.utexas.edu/.

For more information, contact: J.B. Bird, University of Texas at Austin, 512-750-3512 (cell), 512 471 4550.