One of the major pieces of legislation that the commission participated in was removing the municipal exemption from the Minority Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprise, (MBE/SBE) Set Aside Program. By lifting this exemption many minority contractors will be eligible to bid on projects that are in their own towns or municipalities.  This is beneficial to the African American community because while the economy is recovering, black families are still faced with large unemployment numbers and the poverty gap in Connecticut continues to widen.  We also testified on a bill that would broaden access to the small business express program for minority businesses.  Both of these measures will help minorities to gain access to small business dollars which are available in the state.