Will Sutton: NOLA trash delays hurt residents, Metro family. Black business success is a must. | Columnist Will Sutton

It wasn’t that long ago when Metro Service Group and Richard’s Disposal Inc. were small family businesses. Today, they are multimillion-dollar operations, each with extensive business dealings. They are the only Black-owned businesses with lucrative, prime city contracts in New Orleans.

For decades, New Orleans and Louisiana have been behind when it comes to supporting Black businesses in significant ways. The Crescent City isn’t unusual. According to a WGBH report earlier this year, “less than one half of one percent of prime contracts the City of Boston awarded to private enterprises over a 5-year period went to Black-owned businesses.” Neither Boston nor New Orleans has the reputation gained by Atlanta’s promotion of Black businesses.

It’s important for governments to identify and work with Black businesses, to help them succeed. That is a clear path to economic justice and equality. On a NerdWallet list,…

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