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National Black Chamber of Commerce hosts 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Convention, July 20-23

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The National Black Chamber Of Commerce (NBCC) will be hosting its 24th annual Entrepreneurial Convention July 20-23 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel (2 Poydras St.) and set a platform for minority-owned businesses and millennials.
The four-day conference is slated to present thirty prolific speakers to bring their savvy and innovative business practices to the conference. The prominent business advocacy organization and non-profit entity that is NBCC will provide resources in the areas of critical business issues and policy and legislative impacts to support the development of startups, established minority owned business, and specifically millennials entering or established in the workforce.
To kick off the national conference, the organization will show its support for veterans by hosting the Veterans Job Fair on Wednesday, July 20 at the Port of New Orleans. The event is free for veterans and employers seeking to employ veterans. Expect to engage in informative dialogues with business entrepreneurs and leaders such as Arnold Baker, President/CEO of Baker Ready Mix & Building Materials; Deborah Elam, Chief Diversity Officer of General Electric (GE); Gary LaGrange, President/CEO of the Port of New Orleans; Barbara Wojcik-Betancourt, Senior Economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Paul Mathews, Community Affairs Manager of the Port of New Orleans; Terrez Thompson, VP of Global Supplier Diversity of The Coca Cola Company; Tiffany Carter, Director of Procurement of the Port of New Orleans; Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, Athletic Director of Dillard University; and Kimberly Marcus, Director of Supplier of Diversity of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Expected to attend the conference are more than 300 engaged business and chamber professionals, national entertainers and governmental representatives to participate in the professional development workshops. All conference participants will gain entrepreneurial resources through paneled discussions, and high level networking with successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, complemented by intimate breakout sessions.
New Orleans native Tracee Dundas, President/Executive Producer of New Orleans Fashion Week will present A Fusion of Business, Fashion, & Art, a designer fashion show designed to showcase the designs of five notable guests at Apres Lounge. Special guests include Kristine Pichon, owner and designer of K’Pich; De’Andre Beverly, self-taught emerging couturier; Travis Hamilton, owner and designer of Negris Lebrum; and Kano Branon, owner and designer of The Kano Branon brand. Audience members will be able to connect and establish great networking relationships with retail buyers, manufacturers, distributors, and fashion business consultants.

“Each year, we provide essential and practical information to numerous individuals in both entrepreneurship and career-related backgrounds, but we noticed that we have low attendance from millennials,” said Harry Alford, president/CEO of NBCC. “This year, our conference will serve as a platform to the millennial generation to further enhance the skills and talents they currently possess with our scheduled lineup.”

Kelisha Garrett, a member of the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (NORBCC), is looking forward to the upcoming conference. “This conference will provide insight and expertise into multiple industries that have procurement opportunities for our members to participate in,” she explained. “New Orleans is a port city and has a wealth of opportunity in the maritime and energy industries. The industry leaders who are participating in the panel will provide invaluable insight to participating in the economic impact that these industries provide on a global scale.”
She continued, “There are multiple presenters from both government and private industries who have committed to sharing best practices with the attendees. I am looking forward to hearing from local, national, and international minority business leaders who have returned to our community with a direct focus on educating our members. I would encourage all of our small, local, and minority business owners and entrepreneurs to attend the NBCC conference. The NBCC has planned an informative conference that will facilitate dialogue and identify immediate opportunities for an economic impact in the minority business community.”

NBCC Past Chairman and Executive Committee Member Arnold Baker added, “​In the immediate aftermath of H​urricane Katrina, the National Black Chamber of Commerce played a critical role in providing the region’s business community a voice in Washington, D.C. The numerous meetings with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer leadership, and President George W. Bush himself lead to meaningful and impactful results creating the bases of funding for the ‘Rebuild.’”
He concluded, “When the Gulf South needed defending, the NBCC again lead that charge demanding Senate and Congressional hearings about the exclusion of our region’s businesses in the rebuilding process until the truth was known and the situation corrected. We are grateful that the NBCC national convention is returning to the region as we look forward to an even more progressive future!”
Registration for the conference is available for $399. Tickets can be purchased at Registration includes access to all events on Wednesday, July 20 to Saturday, July 23, including the signature events. Individual tickets for the signature events can be purchased through Eventbrite for admission to the Veterans Job Fair, Designer Fashion Show and table registration for the Crystal Stair Awards Luncheon at
About the National Black Chamber of Commerce
The National Black Chamber of Commerce® was incorporated in Washington, DC in March 1993. The NBCC reaches 100,000 Black owned businesses nationally and internationally through its 140 affiliate chapters. The NBCC is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora. The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities.

WHAT: National Black Chamber of Commerce 24th Annual Entrepreneurial Convention
WHEN: Wednesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 23 (10:00am-5:00pm)
WHERE: Hilton Riverside Hotel (2 Poydras St.)


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