Past Event

Small Businesses in the COVID Recession

October 27, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

How are small businesses adapting now that the COVID recession looks like it will continue well into 2021? Our panel of national and New York small business leaders will help answer some key questions:

  • How have minority and women-owned businesses fared compared to others nationally and in New York since March?
  • Will additional government assistance be forthcoming for very small businesses and will it change outcomes?
  • Who are the winners and losers on the ground?
  • Are there techniques that have worked to save small businesses on the edge?
  • How can non-profit and for-profit lenders and assistance providers maximize the chances of success for minority entrepreneurs?
  • What role has Columbia played in supporting the surrounding small business community?

Panelists Include: 

  • Luz Urrutia, CEO of Accion Opportunity Fund and Opportunity Fund
  • Amore Philip, CEO and Director of Public Relations for Apples and Oranges Public Relations
  • Kaaryn Nailor Simmons, Director of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center
  • Todd H. Baker, Senior Fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University