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Seated at a long, hardwood table inside the White House, Radio One founder Catherine Hughes talked about offering government resources to help African-Americans who are eager to start their own businesses.

Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One and TV One, has been appointed chairwoman of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities. The council will provide advice and recommendations to help strengthen small businesses and provide assistance for entrepreneurs of color and those who dream of owning their own companies.

“The SBA has always been there, but it’s never been a priority,” Hughes told several black journalists who gathered in the West Wing last week. “It’s never been a White House mandate from (previous) administrations to do something for underserved communities.”

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