Trone Releases Video in Honor of National Black Business Month
Congressman Trone with Faye Cole, Owner of Baltimore Street Collectibles. You can watch the video on National Black Business Month here.
WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) celebrated National Black Business Month by releasing a video with Faye Cole, owner of Baltimore Street Collectibles in Cumberland, MD. You can watch the video here.
“It is crucial that we celebrate and support Black-owned businesses, especially those that have been hit hard by the pandemic,” said Congressman Trone. “COVID only intensified the inequity that Black business owners endure. While Congress has provided additional relief and financial support to underserved communities, we must do more to ensure these entrepreneurs have the access and opportunity they need to thrive.”
The pandemic has only exacerbated the racial inequities Black Americans face when it comes to economic opportunity. Black-owned businesses have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic, with the U.S. losing an estimated 450,000 Black business owners by April 2020 alone. The number of Black business owners decreased by more than 40% as the pandemic shut down the economy, compared to 22% of total active business owners.
Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.