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What Bill Foster said about black businessmen



ST. PETERSBURG -- There has been some confusion about what mayoral candidate Bill Foster said at Monday's debate regarding black contractors applying for city deals.

Here is what he said: "I've represented many minority businesses in this community throughout the years as an attorney and one thing I've found: They may be wonderful contractors and know the Florida building code inside and out, but they may be lousy business owners as far as the entrepreneurial skills. And I think that we as a city can do better with partnering with the chamber and other organizations to make sure that we provide opportunities for entrepreneurial education."

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:12pm]


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