When it comes to taking care of business, the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development believes that persistence, perseverance and simply doing things right are magic bullets for progress. The council, which advises state government leaders, embraces business inclusion for economic development efforts statewide, with an emphasis on businesses domiciled in Florida.
This appointed group of supplier diversity practitioners, laypersons, financiers, entrepreneurs and people with business development expertise work with five stakeholders:the Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials, Florida Coalition for Microenterprise Development, Florida Consortium of Black Businesses, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund and Southern Florida Minority Supplier Diversity Council. Collectively, the group is known as G6 for “group of six,” and each has a formal relationship with Enterprise Florida Inc.
The council’s distinct powers and duties are in Florida’s law books.
They include researching small and minority business roles in the state’s economy; reviewing emerging topics relating to small and minority business/economic development; studying the ability of financial markets and institutions to meet small business credit needs and ensuing impact of government demands; assessing the implementation of the state’s economic development comprehensive plan from the standpoint of inclusion; assessing the reasonableness and effectiveness of state agencies’ efforts to assist minority business enterprises; and advising executive leadership, including the governor, on matters relating to small and minority business development.
Pamela Hart Frazier, small business development specialist in the office of Small Business Assistance, has been elected to a seat on the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) Board of Directors representing the southern region. This region includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Pamela also earned the Master Compliance Administrator endorsement from the ACCA during the 27th annual training institute held in Baltimore, Maryland. ACCA facilitates the development, availability and dissemination of information, both technical and otherwise that complement the work ethics of ACCA members and contractors in the furtherance of contract compliance and other affirmative action objectives at the national level.
Currently, Pamela serves as president of the Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials (FAMBEO), a statewide organization that provides professional development, information and networking opportunities to supplier diversity professionals and historically underutilized businesses. Through this engagement, she is a key player on the board of the Florida Advisory council on Small and Minority business that reports to the governor’s office on pertinent issues.
Pamela Hart Frazier
with Palm Beach
County’s Office of Small Business Assistance.
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