Closer Look: Small Minority-Owned Business Round Table; Amazon HQ2; And More

Pastry chef Pablo Colón, CEO and co-founder of SteppingBlocks Carlo Martinez, principal at Nguyen and Pham Attorneys at Law Ethan Pham and ZuCot Gallery partner Onaje Henderson (left to right) participated in a "Closer Look" round table of local minority small-business owners Monday.
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00 Rose gives a news brief on the government re-opening. This follows a government shutdown that carried over the weekend after lawmakers in Congress were unable to agree on measures to pass a continuing resolution, which would fund the government for several weeks.
  • 1:35 Atlanta has made the short list of 20 cities that could become home to Amazon’s second headquarters. So, how can Atlanta close in on that top spot? We ask our Amazon expert John Haber, CEO of Spend Management Experts.
  • 19:34 As the 20 final cities vie to become home to Amazon’s second headquarters, will the cities offer the company too much? Good Jobs First, an organization that promotes accountability in economic development, claims Amazon is using the city search as a way to get tax breaks and subsidies from the finalists. We’ll speak with Phil Mattera, research director of Good Jobs First, about why they’re calling out Amazon’s tactics.
  • 33:34 It’s a round table discussion with local minority small-business owners. From an art gallery to an attorney practice, we’ll hear from these business partners and owners about what it’s like to start, grow and run a small business as a minority living in Atlanta. The round table features Pablo Colón, a pastry chef; Onaje Henderson, partner at ZuCot Gallery; Carlo Martinez, CEO and co-founder of SteppingBlocks; and Ethan Pham, principal at Nguyen and Pham Attorneys at Law.

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