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The Black Enterprise Magazine Entrepreneurs Conference 2012


A few weeks ago, I attended the Black Enterprise Magazine Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago.  What a great event! With all the conferences that I attend annually, this is truly one that I get so much out of.  Being able to meet, network and get sound advice from fellow entrepreneurs of color like Daymond Johnson of Shark Tank, model/actress/business woman Beverly Johnson, and Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure & Simple is invaluable.

From the opening address with BE President & CEO Butch Graves to the private reception for the Automotive Dealer of the Year (my final event), I was continually meeting new folks.  I’m a firm believer that you meet people at exactly the right time, so I was feverishly exchanging business cards and scribbling notes.

One of the highlights of my trip was meeting 2 Chicago area recipients of the Buick Achievers Scholarship.  They were honored by Buick during a FAB lunch at Mercat a la Planxa restaurant.  These young ladies blew everyone away with their stories.  When one tearfully recounted how she had gotten the news of her $25k per year scholarship, the entire place cried with her.  I look forward to seeing BIG things from this duo.

I also got to catch up with old friends like Sonia Alleyne of Black Enterprise Magazine, whom I hadn’t seen in about a year.  And its ALWAYS a pleasure to be in the company of Eric Peterson, US Vice President of Diversity for General Motors and Vivian Piccard, President of the General Motors Foundation.  I even got to spend a few minutes with fellow bloggers and MY GIRLS Patrice Yursik of Afrobella and Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie.

To get just a hint of what I experience annually at BEEC, watch this short video of Daymond Johnson telling us how to “date” investors.

Disclosure:  I was a guest of General Motors for this trip.  They covered my travel, accomodations and meals.  All opinions are my own.

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One Response to “The Black Enterprise Magazine Entrepreneurs Conference 2012”

  1. Adriene says:

    Very impressive, this seemed to be a great deal. Glad you were able to give us a taste of it.

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