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Hispanic business owners share challenges, opportunities over last two years with Sen. Kaine, Rep. Bobby Scott

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Hispanic and Latino business owners held a roundtable discussion with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Congressman Bobby Scott about the challenges they faced during the pandemic.

Like many other minority-owned businesses, Hispanic and Latino-owned businesses struggled during the pandemic.

That’s aside from the health struggles many families faced because of COVID-19.

“The Latino population in Virginia and nationally has been hit disproportionately hard,” said Kaine.

For the nation’s largest ethnic minority, the last two years of the pandemic have been a struggle.

CEO & President Johnny Garcia of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia says their conversation with Sen. Kaine and Rep. Scott helped them paint a clearer picture of the realities Latino families and businesses have had to face in the last two years.

“One out of three Hispanic-owned businesses in the 757 failed because they couldn’t apply for the PPP or EIDL

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ECP ENVIRONMENTAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES CORP. ANNOUNCES ADJOURNMENT OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS | News

SUMMIT, N.J., Jan. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ECP Environmental Growth Opportunities Corp. (Nasdaq: ENNV), a Delaware corporation (“ENNV”), today announced that it had entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the merger agreement relating to its previously announced business combination with Fast Radius, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Fast Radius”). Pursuant to the Amendment, the parties agreed to, among other things, reduce the base purchase price from $1.0 billion to $750 million. As a result of the Amendment, ENNV will issue up to 75,000,000 newly issued shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of ENNV (“ENNV Class A common stock”) in connection with the business combination, up to 65,000,000 shares of which will be issued or subject to ENNV awards at the closing of the business combination and 10,000,000 shares of which will be issuable upon the attainment of certain performance thresholds.

On January 31,

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Business Leaders, Researchers Discuss Challenges and Opportunities Facing AI in Health Care | News

Business leaders and researchers discussed the opportunities and difficulties of implementing artificial intelligence solutions in health care in a virtual event jointly hosted by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The panel was moderated by physician Trishan Panch and included technology executives Javier Tordable and Ben Zeskind and health care researchers Heather Mattie and Leo Anthony Celi.

In discussing applications of artificial intelligence in health care, Zeskin said using artificial intelligence could reveal counterintuitive insights compared to traditional models of diagnosis.

“For all the medical progress that there’s been, it’s still the case that millions of people die of cancer every year. If we keep doing the intuitive thing, we’re going to keep getting the same results. So that’s why counterintuitive insights are so important,” Zeskin said. “I think that’s kind of the beauty of AI and computation.”

Tordable said that there is

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Dallas working to increase opportunities for minority-owned businesses, though hurdles remain

Initiatives designed to foster opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses are scattered across Dallas, with rules and goals to help owners win contracts with the city, the county or school district.

At a macro level, these programs are a pivotal tool to dig into the economic inequities born through years of discrimination, not just by individual actors but by governmental institutions, Dallas ISD trustee Justin Henry said.

These programs are necessary because economic empowerment is imperative to better a community, he said.

“There’s a lot of government action that created these inequities, so to order a remedy — that’s what equity means,” Henry said.

Strong minority- and women-owned business enterprise, or MWBE, programs are a large part of that remedy, he added. Otherwise, government institutions continue on the same course that led to such inequities, Henry said.

Dallas and Dallas County have business diversity plans dating back to the mid-1980s,

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