Magazine article Black Enterprise

BE Entrepreneurial Conference Draws Global Audience

Magazine article Black Enterprise

BE Entrepreneurial Conference Draws Global Audience

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The BLACK ENTERPRISE Fifth National Entrepreneurial Conference proved to be a testament to the global nature of business today. The three-day conference, held in May at Chicago's Sheraton Hotel & Towers, drew over 500 attendees from around the world. Seasoned and novice business owners from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Holland, South Africa, England and the West Indies benefited from workshops and networking opporutnities, and gathered vital information on how to develop, manage and expand their companies.

At the opening session, BLACK ENTERPRISE editor and publisher Earl G. Graves declared, "The writing of the next chapter of African-American history depends to a large extent on our coming together at functions such as this to share our knowledge and resources. None of us can afford to go it alone anymore."

The National Entrepreneurial Conference helps entrepreneurs learn a host of skills, from the finer points of marketing and market research to forming strategic alliances for procurement opportunities. There are also workshops on current finance and taxation strategies, and the keys to developing realistic business plans.

Leading these workshops are some of the nation's foremost business experts. This year's speakers included Greg Campbell, a principal of the Dallas-based management consulting firm Baker Campbell Associates, and Denise Lamaute, a partner with Lamaute Tax & Financial Services Inc. in Los Angeles. Keynote speaker Dennis Kimbro, coauthor with Napoleon Hill of Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice, gave an inspirational monologue about self-determination. …

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