The US Black Business Participation Task Force, Advocating for Black American Business
Robert Blackwell Jr., the Founder & CEO of EKI-Digital and member of the US Black Business Participation Task Force that works with Congress joins Enterprise Radio.
- Tell us about the US Black Business Participation Taskforce, and what the organization is advocating for?
- How has COVID affected business and especially black business participation?
- Who inspired you to start your businesses as an entrepreneur with EKI-Digital and Killerspin?
- Could you tell us about both businesses and how you got started.
- We learned a lot of lessons as a result of COVID-19, especially the impact of newer technologies like cloud and the ability to keep us connected. Would you say technology is allowing us to build more diverse workforces and diversity of ideas?
- What advice do you have to our listeners who are maybe considering to start their own business and become future entrepreneurs.
Robert Blackwell – Founder & CEO of Killerspin and Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI)
A process and technology transformation industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. EKI has helped some of the largest public and private sector organizations gain measurable efficiency gains leveraging process and technology modernization. Robert has significant experience in leveraging technology to identify fractional gains in efficiency that lead to large savings in very large organizations. EKI was responsible for identifying over $1B in operational efficiency opportunities in Cook County government. EKI has done significant business with large corporations, governments and health care organizations.
Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in writing models and executing trading strategies.
Blackwell also founded Killerspin, America’s leading table tennis brand and the leading producer of table tennis themed media in the world.
US Black Business Participation Task Force
He’s also on the US Black Business Participation Task Force that works with Congress.
The US Black Business Participation Taskforce (BBPT) is a non-partisan taskforce that advocates for Black American Business participation in the modern parts of the US economy through the voluntary cooperation of Americans of good will that believe that it is time for us to prove that the Free Enterprise System Works for everyone. The pathway that leads to community wellbeing starts with Entrepreneurial-led economic activity which leads to the appreciation of education and social capital. Social capital creates opportunity and aspiration so that young people and their families know where to place their bets.
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