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Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit's 15th Year Anniversary Celebrates Entrpreneurship in a a Down Economy

    As California continues to limp through the worst economic condition since the Great Depression, the  California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation provides business opportunities and advocacy for African American community growth and sustainability. The 15th Annual Ron Brown Business and Economic Summit (August 19-21, Marriott Hotel -Manhattan Beach, California) showcases prominent public and private business leaders, sharing the most innovative and effective strategies to thrive during this challenging business landscape. The three-day summit features special guest speakers Gerry Foster and Kristene Smith.  Foster, otherwise known as the "Branding Evangelist" will provide a presentation entitled, "Brand and Market Yourself Like Your Life Depended on It."  This workshop promises to show participants how to make their businesses, "unforgettable by transforming your products and services into a powerful brand so you can have more sales, more customers and more money," according to Foster.

    Smith, founder and CEO of Kristene Smith, Incorporated provides CBCCF members and guests with a dynamic presentation about social media and new and innovative home-based marketing strategies. Her discussion will define social media, new media and current trends to advance small business success.

    "We are very excited about sharing new and critical approaches to business development in a down economy for our members and summit participants," said Aubry Stone, president and CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, "Our theme, 15 Years of Continuous Service, Commitment, & Excellence reflects the vital role the Chamber and Foundation has represented predominately in the African American community." The summit begins with its annual golf tournament to raise scholarship funds for students and young business entrepreneurs during their first years in college. CBCCF Summit plenary sessions also include workshops on financial literacy, green business development, access to capital and youth entrepreneurship.  The summit's market place serves as a popular commerce section for small business vendors with unique African American products and services. Keynote presenters include Leonard Robinson, Chief Deputy Director CA Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control speaking on "Where Are The Green Business Opportunities" (Friday Plenary Session), Kevin Bracey, representing Life Changers International (Chairman's Scholarship Lunch), Cecil House representing Southern California Edison (President's Corporate Appreciation Luncheon) and Julia Hubbel representing the Hub Factor (Power Breakfast).  


Call (916) 463-0177 for more information or to register.

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