To: United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair Congressional Black Caucus From: Dr.

Robert Day, Convener, National Fairness and Growth Symposiums, Joseph Debro, General Chairman, National Fairness and Growth Campaign Committee 50 years or is it 400 =.99% nationally or .4955% Ohio* of all business revenue earned by African Americans. What have been the ramifications and implications of these shameful, tragic figures on the economic health of black communities and the country as a whole? This is a follow up to my telephone call regarding our concerns and hopes relative to the very fast moving American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRP), now public law as of February 17th, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and its counterpart the TARP initiatives. We have created a grass roots campaign composed of practitioners who have a long term operational knowledge of past practices and are very familiar with the philosophies, strategies, approaches, programs and projects ostensibly designed to address the history and practice of discrimination towards African Americans, and subsequently other disadvantaged? (by some standard) groups. We seek not to have negative presumptions regarding the current planning or execution of the ARRA and TARP or the soon to be proposed general budget. We seek to provide solutions gained from the hard earned insight into potential enforcement of existing public laws, regulations and new initiatives and programs through the use of “Best Practices” See attachments). We have gathered this information from two recently held National Symposiums in Cincinnati, and Cleveland Ohio and a third to be conducted March 9, in Washington DC, with more to follow across the country. The National Fairness Campaign has reviewed past political agreements, laws, decrees, predicate studies, governing compacts and their relationship to the social, economic development environment prior to the Obama Presidency. The National Fairness Campaign has also identified past historic moral gaps. We have chosen Ohio as one of the focal points of the National Fairness Campaign, because it is Middle America, and has demonstrated past and current innovations to address fairness and capacity building, including state government minority business development programs, initiatives to increase the budget for the African American Males Commission, and the creation of the proposed American Reinvestment & Recovery Program and other federal solutions.

The National Fairness Campaign will hold Symposium “SESSION III” A Best Practices Review & Summary Recommendations to be Conducted at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Headquarters at 3939 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019 Monday, March 9th 2009, Washington, DC 10:00 AM - 4:00PM

We do know as stated in previous communication to leaders of government that the African American in particular has been "gamed" as shamefully and painfully illustrated by the sample information below. *These statistics are in reverse order. Data sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Survey of Business Owners and 1197 Survey of Minorityowned business Enterprises. Receipts per Firm African (Black) American Native American Hispanic Islander Asian White Female Equally Owned Male Publicly Owned 2002 $74,018 $133,439 $141,044 $147,837 $296,002 $415,974 $144,784 $271,660 $535,574 $27,953,370 1997 $86,479** $174,070 $155,242 $213,629 $338,852 $448,294 $151,129 $254,261 $583,371 $26,633,646

** We believe these numbers reflect, Fronts, pass-throughs, and other schemes calculated to get the “numbers”. National Fairness Campaign Steering Committee
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General Chairman Joesph Debro Co-Founder, National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) Co-Chairwoman Pandora Ramsay, Founding President , Ohio Fairness Campaign Co-Chairman Fredrick Hargrove, Sr. PE, MBA. former Chairman of Cincinnati Change Co-Chairman Irvin Henderson, former Chairman, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Convener Dr. Robert Day PhD, President, Center for Urban & Rural Redevelopment

Steering Committee Advisor and Panel Moderator Lawrence Auls, Chairman of MDi, Executive Director LISW, LTD contact 614.622.4808 or ldg349@aol.com

National Fairness Campaign Symposium “SESSION III”

Our Best Practices Recommendations
to be Conducted at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Headquarters, 3939 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019 Monday, March 9th 2009, Washington, DC 10:00 AM - 4:00PM
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Review job development and training programs and opportunities and make recommendations on Fed, State & Local levels Apply same compliance standards to all categories of DBE/MBE/FBE and SBE business firms, construction mangers and other professional service providers. Insure that minority workers get skilled trades training and work opportunities Utilize functional Joint Venture Structures Strengthen & re-staff Office of Federal Contract Compliance Strengthen & re-staff Small business Development, Training and Technical Assistance programs Support more funds for outreach and education regarding Small Business Development programs and Job Matching programs with emphasis on close ties to businesses needing access to capital and workforce training Provide Start-Up Angel Investment & Venture Capital to more MBE firms Increase availability and parameters of requirements for of loan guarantees for all businesses Create and utilize successful models of private and public Planned Labor Agreements i.e. Cleveland Ohio, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, etc Provide opportunities for minority investors and entrepreneurs and workers to take advantage of investment, contracting, and work opportunities within new Community Development initiatives arising from foreclosure crisis and ARRP and TARP funds Utilize existing predicate studies and consent decrees to alter opportunity structures and specific opportunities. Set as a condition policy & governance inclusion for all sectors receiving federal government and/or Federal Reserve Bank assistance Provide increased funds for technical assistance for NGO’s owned or controlled by discriminated and/or disadvantaged groups Insure that broadband investments include opportunities for minority investors, entrepreneurs, and workers to engage in deployment of broadband on infrastructure, hardware, software and implementation phases Insure that healthcare reform include opportunities for minority organizations, investors, entrepreneurs, and workers to engage in reform efforts through engaging in awareness, education, and advocacy of healthcare reform and implementation of healthcare reform initiatives (i.e.new HIT infrastructure, hardware, software and implementation, and prevention programs)

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National Fairness Campaign Symposium “SESSION III”
A Best Practices Review & Summary Recommendations to be Conducted at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Headquarters at 3939 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019 Monday, March 9th 2009, Washington, DC 10:00 AM - 4:00PM

Agenda
10:00 – 10:15 AM 10:15 10:30 AM 10:30 11:00 AM 11:00 – 11:30 AM 11:30 12:00 AM 12:00 – 12:30 PM 12:30 – 1:00 PM 1:00 1:20 PM 1:20 1:40 PM 1:40 2:00 PM 2:00 2:40 PM 2:40 3:00 PM 3:00 3:40 PM 3:40 4:00 PM

General Chairman, Joseph Debro, Convener Dr. Robert Day, Invited: James Short, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization (MHCDO) Chairman Dr. Robert Day, Co- Chair Pandora Ramsay-Founding President Ohio Fairness Campaign, Dr. Robert Day, Pandora Ramsay, Invited: Michael I. Watts, Jr. MHCDO, President & CEO Co-Chair Fred Hargrove, Sr. PE, MBA, Mark Batson, Executive Director PolicyBridge,Inc , Carl White President NetVideo

Call to Order and Introductions National Growth and Fairness Conference 50 Year Review Marshall Heights Community Development Organization 2009 who we are and what we do? Health Policy Options and Telemedicine with the ability to develop a DC Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) Laboratory Simulation

Working discussion on best practices during Lunch Hershel Daniels Co-founder MDi, CDW, Tessco, Irvin Henderson President Henderson Company, Michael Watts, Marshall Heights President/CEO, Doris Saruni, Senior Developer (MHCDO) Thomas Waters, Lead Developer (MHCDO), Marshall Heights, Invited: Shaun Redgate, COO Chancellor University (Cleveland, Ohio) Fredrick H. Hargrove, President Contract Infinity Group. Invited: Owen Jackson, DC MBDC, Andrea Harris, North Carolina Institute for Minority Business Development Irvin Henderson, Dr. Robert Day Invited: National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Lawrence Auls-Panel Moderator In Person and Teleconference Panelists In Person and Teleconference Panelists Joseph Debro, Dr. Robert Day, Pandora Ramsay, Lawrence Auls Broadband America and SMART Buildings Commercial, Retail and Residential Dev, LEED Buildings, TARP Next Generation Workforce Development and the American Labor Market Small Business Development and Technical Assistance Access to Capital & Credit The National Fairness Campaign Revisited Best Practices Recommendations Review National Recommendations Wrap-up

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National Fairness Campaign Symposium “SESSION III”

Our Best Practices Recommendations
to be Conducted at the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Headquarters, 3939 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019 Monday, March 9th 2009, Washington, DC 10:00 AM - 4:00PM

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