Re-post from http://www.transformgov.org/articles/policy-brief-digital-entrepreneurship-communities-color
Small businesses have relied on technology more than ever throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but for entrepreneurs who do not have technology resources or digital skills, their businesses can suffer. These issues disproportionately affect entrepreneurs of color, whose businesses are often small and under-resourced. Yet, these businesses will be important for the recovery in their communities, and there are strategies to support their success.
In April of 2021, a workshop with entrepreneurs was held by the Center on Technology, Data and Society at Arizona State University along with the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. They discussed how local government officials can support inclusive access to these resources and skills. This workshop was held via Zoom and can be found here.
A policy brief based on the presentations given at this workshop has been compiled with in-depth insight into this digital divide, as well as specific recommendations for local government on how to create a more inclusive digital space for their communities. This brief can be found here.