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Carroll Robinson | October 7, 2011

Published on October 4, 2011

"There’s an accountability system out there, and we’re watching to make sure that everybody is treated fairly," said Carroll Robinson, left, chairman of the Houston Citizen Chamber of Commerce.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the Houston Citizen Chamber of Commerce with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

With the economy in a series of ups and downs, many businesses have taken a toll, but some businesses are finding it harder than others to get back on their feet.

Carroll Robinson, chairman of the Houston Citizen Chamber of Commerce, dropped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how the chamber is helping local companies to recover, including an initiative to offer assistance to African-American-owned businesses.

“The economy is down for everybody. We still have these same kind of issues in terms of bank loans, and fairness of opportunities in the private and public sector,” Robinson said. “Hopefully as the economy rebounds and we continue to make progress, African-American businesses continue to grow and continue to thrive.”

The key to all of the chamber’s efforts is communication and connection, he said.

“One of the responsibilities of the chamber is to make sure we reach out to private sector corporations and public sector entities to create an avenue for access for our members in terms of fairness of opportunity,” Robinson added. “We try to make sure our members know in a timely manner what opportunities are coming down so they have the time to apply.”

The chamber is also investing in future business owners by helping them with their education.

“We want to make sure that young people go on from high school to college because not only do we believe that gives them the opportunity to get a good paying job and to be a customer or consumer in the future, but it also sets them on the path to being an entrepreneur or business owner down the line and that brings back a continuation of who we are and what we stand for.”

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