EPA’s Jackson Urges Blacks Not to Miss the Green Boat. Black and Into Green has always encouraged African Americans to leverage opportunities in the booming green economy, but now it is official as the head of the EPA has taken a stand on this. We are being encouraged to seek out business opportunities and grants that are being made available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or stimulus package. Don't be daunted if the types of projects initially receiving stimulus dollars are not in your area of expertise, these businesses will need services that you can provide. Remember there is a ripple effect that will provide financial opportunities for the vendors of the recipients of these federal dollars and often there are requirements to ensure that a diverse vendor base or supply chain exists. Ms. Jackson is going to make a greater effort in the upcoming years to increase the share of the economic pie for women owned and so called "minority" business, as outlined in this speech to women business owners in March.
The Office of Small Business Programs, which at this time is probably still re-organizing itself around the goals of the new administration based upon my review of its website, does have several events planned over the course of the year around the country. You can also follow the EPA on Twitter.