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Business owners, entrepreneurs, students, community and business leaders, aspiring business owners, and everyday citizens are bracing themselves and making plans to attend the landmark 10th anniversary celebration of the African American Business Summit 2007. An accumulation of events are slated in and around Los Angeles from June 20-23.
As Expo executives and event organizers put the final elements of what is sure to be among the most exciting, informative, and inspirational gatherings of its type in recent memory, individuals from throughout Southern California and beyond are making plans to participate and be a part of the events that will include learning, exposure to personal growth and new business opportunities, and the ultimate networking environment.
“We are pleased to celebrate our milestone 10th anniversary in Los Angeles with such a resourceful variety of business programming, keynotes, workshops, seminars and events.” Event founder and president and CEO, Turning Point Urban Magazine, Pat Means said, “Each year, we’ve built this on the foundation that true business success transcends the bottom line and truly successful businesses become community institutions.”
“For this, our 10th anniversary celebration,” she continued, “we are bringing it full circle to present informative, inspirational and motivational business.”
With an impressive group of elected officials including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and US Congresswoman Diane Watson, California State Controller John Chiang; Los Angeles Councilmembers Jan Perry, Bernard Parks, and Herb Wesson; Keynotes from Essence Magazine’s Susan L. Taylor, Author and Motivator, Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D.; presentations from Lavetta Willis, CEO of Dada Footwear, and Gerry Foster, (product) Branding Expert; an art and jazz reception honoring Synthia Saint James; as well as a bevy of exhibitors, this year’s events promise to establish a new standard for ‘providing real solutions for real businesses.’ The 10th anniversary celebration highlights include an event kick-off Golf Tournament at the Malibu Country Club on June 20 with Honorary Chairman 10th District Councilman Herb Wesson
The following two days feature the African American Business Summit 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with luncheon keynotes: Dennis Kimbro, PhD. “What Makes the Great - Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement with Special Guest: Los Angeles City Councilman Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Host: Means, on the 21st and Susan L. Taylor - “Passionate Leadership” with Special Guest: Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Mistress of Ceremonies: Christine Devine, Anchor Fox 11 TV on the 22nd.
An Urban Mayors’ Roundtable on Economic Development with (scheduled) mayors: Hon. Roosevelt Dorn, City of Inglewood; Hon. Ron Dellums, City of Oakland; Hon. Isadore Hall, City of Compton Mayor Pro Tem and moderated by Anita Estell, Esq., Partner Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus. and much more. Thursday evening, June 21, the Art and jazz dessert reception will spotlight a special tribute to fine artist Synthia Saint James at the Los Angeles Staples Center.
Congresswoman Diane Watson Presents African American Entrepreneurs Doing Business in South Africa: The Why, Where and How to Profit from this Dynamic Financial Frontier with Julia Wilson, president and CEO, Wilson Global Communications USA; Executive Producer, Julia Wilson on the Continent, Joe Sive, Chairman, African Investment Fund Inc. and Moderated by: Dwayne Gathers, regional manager, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation; former Executive Director of the State of California’s Office of Trade and Investment in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Myths and Realities of Women in Business with Lavetta Willis, President/CEO, LL International (DaDa Footwear); Mary Ann Mitchell, president and CEO, CC-OPS and chair, National Black Business Council; Monique Hayward, president and CEO, Nouveau Connoisseurs Corporation/
Sr. Marketing Mrg., Intel Corp.; Moderator: Brenda Ross-Dulan Sr. vice president/market president, Wells Fargo, and much more!
On June 22, the Turning Point Urban Business Expo, which is a free event to the business public also at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will dominate the day’s offerings and will feature a Franchising Fair, a Quick Loan Program, “Your 15 Minutes of Business Fame” stage and there will be opportunities to discover, interact and form new business relationships with America’s top corporations, government agencies and other small businesses that will be exhibiting, showcasing and providing demonstrations.
A partial list of event sponsors includes the Los Angeles Sentinel, Turning Point Urban Magazine, TPC Foundation, Inc., Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Microsoft, AEG, Home Depo Charitable Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Airlines, Tiffany & Co., Toyota, International Franchising Association, Time Warner Cable, Coca Cola, GSA, Brotherhood Crusade, PSP - Personal Services Plus, SMS Transportation, GLAAACC, AT&T, Port of LA, Disney Company, Los Angeles World Airports, Nestle, Southern California Edison, LA MBOC, Fox Entertainment, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Fantastic Sams, City of Pasadena, City of LA - CDD, Pollo Campero, AAA - Auto Club, After Hours Formal Wear, Save the Date Media Group, Focal Point Media, Black News.com, Black PR.com KNX 1070 News Radio, 93.5 KDAY - FM Radio, KFWB News Radio Ruff-Del Cable Communication/British Broadcasting Media Network, Black Capital Network, Digital Black Pages.com, African American Golfer’s Digest...and many more.
“Southern California Edison (SCE) is a proud supporter of the African American Business Summit.” Joe Alderete, SCE manager, Supplier Diversity said. “Our supplier diversity program offers a variety of ways in which businesses can partner with us and reflects the diversity of the communities we service.”
“Being a part of this event,” he added, “ is our commitment to increasing business opportunities to the business community within our service territory.”
On Saturday, TPC Foundation Inc. presents its successful Smart Start Youth Financial Literacy Program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Pereira Building. Along with a dynamic line up of originally planned financial literacy programming; this year’s event features Councilman Bernard Parks as the honorary chairman and co-chaired by TPC Foundation Inc. former interns Tamika Lang, currently a community investor with Boeing Corporation; and Ramona Wright, currently Alumni Relations assistant director and liaison to the African American Alumni Association at LMU.
To register and for more detailed information please go online to: www.aabs2007.com.
Or call Personal Services Plus Event Management Company, Phone: (626) 791-3847.
For information regarding vendor and exhibitor booths for the Turning Point Urban Business Expo on June 22nd (Strictly Business-to-Business - No Vendor Sales).
Interested parties should contact: Pat Means at: (323) 299-6000.