On Friday, April 8, 2016 multi-millionaire businessman, philanthropist, and donor Elzie Higginbottom hosted Democratic US Senator Garry Peters of Michigan for an intimate breakfast of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Senator Peters provided the attendees with an inside perspective on the inner workings of Congress and the differences between serving in the House and Senate. Peters also provided the attendees with insights on the challenges in getting his Republican colleagues to recognize the need for federal involvement in the Flint Water Crisis.
Peters, who serves on the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Joint Economic Committee, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee provided meeting attendees with the opportunity to ask questions as well as provide recommendations on how to create opportunities for small business owners. When questioned on the actions the Small Business Authority was taking to discuss the institutional barriers that prevent Black businesses from doing business with the federal government, Peters highlighted the advances the agency has made with “minorities.” Meeting attendees were quick to highlight the differences between advances for “Black” businesses versus “minority” businesses for Peters, who seemed to be clear by the end of the meeting.
While I can’t share all the details of our conversation, outside of the business questions, the two most interesting tidbits that I took away from Senator Peters’ visit were…
Cyber security is the most insidious threat facing our country, and Ted Cruz is a much more dangerous Presidential candidate that Donald Trump!
And to think… I was worried about ISIS!