On Thursday, May 30, the Small Business Roundtable along with US Black Chamber of Commerce partnered with PayPal on hosting an event for entrepreneurs in the Nashville area. This was the 2nd event as part of a broader partnership between PayPal and Small Business Roundtable to celebrate PayPal Small Business Month. “Small Business and the Digital Economy: Examining the Impact of Digital Technology on America’s Businesses” featured Tennessee politicians, local entrepreneurs and representatives from SBR, US Black Chamber and PayPal.
The event began with remarks from State Senator Brenda Gilmore and Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher who both spoke about the importance of small businesses to the local economy but also the importance of supporting the entrepreneurs who represent the community. Ron Busby, President and CEO of US Black Chambers then gave brief remarks about his organizations mission to be the national voice of black business owners as well as their five pillars of service which include advocacy, access to capital, contracting, entrepreneur training, and chamber development.
A panel of small business owners from the Nashville area then participated in a discussion of the ways in which digital tools and platforms have enabled their businesses to succeed and grow. Each of the entrepreneurs talked about their personal experiences with digital tools but also about how they now work to educate fellow small business owners on what is available and how to adapt it to their business.
To close, Paul Disselkoen, Senior Associate for PayPal’s Government Relations team, spoke about PayPal’s mission to democratize opportunity for small businesses and how PayPal’s product suite has evolved and expanded to include a range of tools to help entrepreneurs succeed. The Co-Executive Director of Small Business Roundtable, John Stanford, then talked about PayPal Small Business Month and the importance of the partnership that they have embarked on with PayPal to support entrepreneurs across the country.