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You may still have time to make plans, if you have not already made them, to participate in the final day of the African American Business Summit which features the legendary, Turning Point Urban Business Expo 2007 at 10 a.m., Friday, June 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
If you have time on Thursday evening, you may wish to stop by the Los Angeles Staples Center’s Grand Reserve Club adjacent to the Convention Center at 5:00 P.M. where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be the honoree at a Welcome Reception. And, later that evening, the place to be is at a very special Jazz and Art Reception honoring world-renowned artist Synthia Saint James at the Staples Center, hosted by The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation and the TPC Foundation Inc.
Two especially important events will take place on Friday, June 23 where the African American Business Summit will continue featuring a luncheon keynote event—”Passionate Leadership” by Susan L. Taylor, editorial director of Essence Magazine and the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African American-owned business success stories of the past three decades with opening remarks by Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilwoman, and Mistress of Ceremonies Christine Devine, KTTV-FOX-LA news anchor.
In the afternoon, veteran Los Angeles Congresswoman Diane Watson will present” South Africa: The Why, Where and How to Profit from this Dynamic Business Frontier;” “Brown, Black Red or Yellow—the Color of Business is Green!” moderated by Joe R. Hicks ... a must-attend event for anyone interested in expanding their market, sales or operations in the most well-developed country on the African continent.
Also on Friday, the Turning Point Urban Business Expo, which is free to the business public, will kick-off with Honorary Chair Jan Perry. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., participants may 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, covering a broad and comprehensive range of business services.
Limited seating is still available at the Friday evening, African American Business Summit 10th Anniversary Dinner and Gala, which will honor those who serve as catalysts to unite the community. Among the honorees you will have an opportunity to meet John Hope Bryant, president/CEO and founder of Operation HOPE Inc.; Moctesuma Esparza, executive/film producer of such works as “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” starring Halle Berry, and “Walk Out” starring/directed by Edward James Olmos; Sean Harrigan, president of Los Angeles Department of Fire and Police Pensions; Gwen-Marie Thomas, professor of Business and Management of West Los Angeles Community College; Pat Tobin, public relations icon and president of Tobin & Associates; Lavetta Willis, acclaimed young entrepreneur and founder/CEO and president of DADA Footwear.
In addition, you will be able to witness the announcement of the 2007 Living History Entrepreneur Award Winner, whose secret identity will be revealed at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA.