Thursday, January 28, 2016

Connecting Small Businesses and Closing the Digital Divide Face-to-Face

WASHINGTON—Some minor­ity com­munit­ies can lag be­hind in ef­forts to di­git­ally map their small busi­nesses, so mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies that dir­ectly con­tact the un­der­served in­ev­it­ably un­cov­er a wealth of data on oth­er­wise “off-the-grid” cit­izens.

Visu­al dis­plays of minor­ity-owned busi­nesses are crit­ic­al to a city’s eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment, but not every­one has a com­puter, Wi-Fi ac­cess, or a smart­phone, Sylvester “Sly” James, the may­or of Kan­sas City, Mis­souri, said Wed­nes­day at the United States Con­fer­ence of May­ors winter meet­ing.

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