Funding for the program will help smaller businesses pay initial expenditures associated with bidding on contracts—supplies and payroll, for example—without having to put themselves at financial risk through high-interest borrowing.
The city of Indianapolis released a study Thursday that looks at disparities minority-owned businesses face as part of the city’s business-contracting processes.
In the week before announcing his retirement as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Colts, broadcaster Bob Lamey used a racial slur while telling a story in the presence of a black radio station employee, according to a media report.
Ahead of an inaugural tech-diversity conference next week, Angela Smith Jones, Indianapolis’ deputy mayor of economic development, spoke with IBJ about tech jobs and inclusion.
Dewand Neely recently spoke with IBJ about cybersecurity, the innovation his office is driving, and being one of only a few African-American state government CIOs in the country.
The National Science Foundation awarded the grant to IUPUI, which will work with Indiana University, Ball State University and other institutions.
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to help it digitize more than 1 million pages of city archives and create a center to study African-American writing and culture.
Unemployment for black people in Indiana stood at 7.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016 versus 4.4 percent for white people.
The awards from the White House’s TechHire initiative are earmarked to help workers with limited English skills and disadvantaged young people prepare for technology and manufacturing jobs.
The study factored in K-12 education, health care and incarceration costs. But advocates say undocumented immigrants also add to the economy by paying taxes and purchasing goods.
A few not-for-profits and at least one university have rolled out coding programs they hope will alter some of the somber statistics on the lack of diverse populations in technology careers.
Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks said Friday the governor had “graciously declined” to meet with the refugees due to a prior commitment to take part in another event.
Demographics of the General Assembly are significantly different than the average Hoosier.
William G. Mays, who built one of the nation's largest minority-owned companies and saved one of its oldest African-American newspapers, died Thursday in Indianapolis on his 69th birthday. “Indianapolis has lost a titan of industry and philanthropy,” Mayor Greg Ballard said.
Even before taking over, Eddie Pillow is making changes at the logistics and courier company his dad started in 1988.
Maetta Vance, an African-American, alleged that a co-worker at BSU created a hostile work environment. The court’s rulings on Monday make it more difficult for Americans to sue businesses for discrimination and retaliation.
Real estate entrepreneur Kelli Membreno, a bilingual native of northern Indiana, has built a business on helping Hispanic entrepreneurs navigate the barriers of language and American business customs.
Among major occupational groups, only farming has a smaller share of African-Americans, government figures show.