By Alfonzo Porter
MEA Editor, Western USA
With a small African American population of roughly 11%, according to its 2014 population summary; on the surface, Denver may not appear to be the ideal location for African American entrepreneurs. Yet in fact, Denver may actually be the best kept secret in the nation for growth opportunities for both established and start up black-owned firms.
That’s why Michael Hancock, Mayor of the City and County of Denver, is on a mission. The youthful, energetic Denver native is determined to transform the “Mile High City” into a hub of innovation and opportunity for entrepreneurs; with a particular emphasis on expanding opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
Elected Mayor in 2011 after a stint as City Council president, Hancock immediately began a quest to transform Denver into a global competitor. Now, in his second term, his focus is on creating economic opportunities and eliminating the disparities in contracting and procurement that have existed for years.
“Our city is growing exponentially. Our economy is highly diverse and I intend on seizing every opportunity to draw all sections of our nation’s ethnically rich populations to our city. I want us to become the small business capitol of the nation” says Hancock.
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