SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2009

10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.    Exhibitor Move-In

Noon — 6:30 p.m.    Registration

7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.    Welcome Reception hosted by GM, ExxonMobil & Detroit CVB
BLACK ENTERPRISE invites you to experience the warm hospitality of Detroit at the first Entrepreneurs Conference meet-and-greet affair.
Opening Remarks:
Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

7:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.    Registration

7:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.     Kidpreneur/Teenpreneur Conference hosted by Wendy’s International

7:30 a.m. — 8:00 a.m.    Continental Breakfast hosted by Pepsi, Frito-Lay

8:00 a.m. — 8:40 a.m.    Opening Remarks
Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO

8:45 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.    Keynote Address: Shifting Gears: New Realities, New Rules, New Opportunities
Hosted by General Motors
Learn the secret formula for transforming your company into a profit-making machine–even during today’s tough times. Our keynote speaker will share his strategies for seizing the competitive advantage, spotting lucrative opportunities, and forging creative collaborations.
Don Peebles, Chairman & CEO
The Peebles Corporation

9:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.    Session 1A — Securing Capital in a Tight Credit Market
Now is the time to gain capital for your business–even in a credit crunch. This session will show you how to get cash from sources ranging from angel investors to financial institutions, to help you take your venture to the next level.
Tricialee Riley, Owner
The Polish Bar

Deloris Sims, Chairman & CEO
Legacy Bank

Eric Dobyne, Chicago Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency

Tennille Robinson, Small Business Editor

9:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.     Session 1B — New Opportunities in Emerging Industries
There are boundless business prospects in three key industries: renewable energy, healthcare, and information technology. Now, more than ever, these areas are poised for substantial growth.  Are you ready to take part in these emerging industries? This session will explain how you can break in and carve out a lucrative niche in each respective market.  Come ready to hear about the latest developments, explore new territory, and see the potential that lies ahead.
Claude Kennard, Owner & President
Metal Alloy Reclaimers, Inc.

Colleen Nabors, President & CEO,
MCI Diaganostic Center

Candace M. Taylor, Director, Corporate Strategy & Sustainability
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Alan Hughes, Editorial Director

11:00 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.    Coffee Break hosted by General Motors

11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.    Session 2A — Strategic Alliances: Partnerships Equals Profit
For companies to thrive and grow in today’s environment, it requires collaboration. Our speakers reveal how you can structure compatible, profitable business relationships and use them as part of a winning strategy to identify new markets and create multiple revenue streams.
John Carter, President & CEO
Carter Brothers

Kedar Massenburg, President & CEO
Kedar Entertainment Group

Barbara Whitaker, Executive Director, GM Global Purchasing Service Parts Operation and Supplier Diversity
General Motors

11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.    Session 2B — Growing Your Business Through Social Networking and  New Media
To effectively connect with new clients, improve customer service, or promote a brand, companies today must be wired to new technology and interactivestrategies. Learn how you can maximize your competitive advantage by retooling your Website and using social networking sites like Linked In, Twitter, and FaceBook.
Brandon Broussard, Co-Owner

Amos Winbush, President & CEO
CyberSynchs LLC

Jason Kelley, Director, National Practice Leader
IBM Global Business Services

Sonya A. Donaldson, Editor-at-Large

12:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.    Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments
Join us as we honor last year’s biggest success stories in small business–the winners of the Black Enterprise Small Business Awards. Plus, we’ll have a one—on-one conversation with a featured guest.
Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan

Spike Lee, Founder
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Inc.

Interviewed by:
Ed Gordon, Host


2:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.    Deal Makers Expo–Where Deals Are Made!
OK, this is what you’re here for. The Deal Makers Expo is where you connect and close. Join world-class corporate exhibitors and your fellow conference attendees for quality one-on-one exchanges. Come in and let’s make a deal!

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.       OPEN Forum hosted by OPEN from American Express
Teaming-Introduction to the “Art” of Teaming to Secure Federal Procurement 
(rotating 30 minute session)
Government agencies and major corporations are seeking combinations of small businesses to provide needed products and services on a large scale.  The Federal Government’s stimulus packages have substantially increased national, state and local contracting opportunities targeting minority, women and veteran owned companies.  Teaming with companies combines human capital and other resources to substantially increase opportunities for securing contracts.  Come and learn about the keys to leveraging Teaming, a new and innovative approach to networking with a purpose.
Moderated by:
Denise Rodriguez Lopez, President & CEO
The KMJ Coompany

3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.     The Fast Lane
Get in the fast lane for a 30-minute fast-fact presentation from our corporate sponsor. The Fast Lane is limited to 50 participants on a first-come, first-seated basis. Come, learn, and go!
3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. — Presented by Detroit CVB

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.    Session 3A — Customer Service:  The Difference Between Good & Great
These days it’s not enough to just please clients. You must convert them into die-hard fans. In this session, our experts reveal their success secrets that keep people coming back for more–from establishing a first-class operation to the development of a customer-obsessed team.
Frank Taylor, President & CEO
Seldom Blues Restaurant

Derrick Martin, CEO
Lena’s Food Market

Robert Wingo, President & CEO
Sanders Wingo Advertising, Inc.

4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.     Session 3B — Reinvent Your Business to Thrive in Turbulent Times
Looking to make a quantum leap in revenue growth and market share? Come to this panel and find out how to identify lucrative niches, create successful joint ventures, and repackage products and services–all strategies to make your company bulletproof in any market.
Leon Richardson, CEO
Chemico Systems

Nadine Thompson, President & CEO
Soul Purpose

Richard-Abraham Rugnao, Sr. Manager, Government Relations & Global Diversity
YUM! Brands

Pamela Mitchell, Owner
The Reinvention Institute

5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.    BE Small Business Successâ„¢ Boot Camp 101 A: Cash Flow Management
Hosted by Sam’s Club
Paying bills, meeting payroll, getting that all-important loan payment in on time–there’s no question that cash is the fuel that drives and sustains your business. In this session, our panelists look at key elements involved in maintaining healthy cash flow and how effective cash flow management can protect the financial security of your business.
Robert Wallace, CEO
Bithgroup Technologies, Inc.

John Simons, Senior Personal Finance Editor

5:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. BE Small Business Successâ„¢ Boot Camp 102 A: Building a World-Class Workforce
Hosted by Sam’s Club
The most successful entrepreneurs are those who focus on the people who operate their business. Learn first-hand from our experts how you can assemble and maintain a winning team. In this session, you’ll find out how to get staff members to embrace core values, minimize organizational dysfunction, and boost employee efficiency, effectiveness, and morale.
Chris Bryant, Founder
Rapport Strategies Group

Tennille Robinson, Small Business Editor

6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.    Pre-Town Hall Reception hosted by UnitedHealthcare
Join UnitedHealthcare for a pre-Town Hall jazz reception to learn how to recession-proof your health insurance coverage for your family and employees. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served along with a special gift for guests.

7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.    Town Hall Meeting–Obama’s Economic Agenda: A Boom or Bust for Black Business?
Hosted by Wal-Mart

In his first 100 days, President Obama unveiled an unprecedented package of programs that sought to fix the economy and put America back to work. But will black businesses gain a significant slice of the economic stimulus pie? Our panelists of pundits, politicians, and business leaders debate whether the Obama Administration’s initiatives will make or break minority enterprise.
Warren Ballentine
CNN Commentator and Radio Talk Show Host

Joe Watkins, Political Analyst

Tara Wall, Editor
Washington Times

Michelle Bernard, President
Independent Women’s Forum

Charles Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

9:30 p.m. — Midnight       Motown Revue hosted by Pepsi
Berry Gordy coined it “the sound of young America.” And 50 years later, it doesn’t matter if you’re uptown, downtown, or around town, it’s still about that Motown sound. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the music that made us “Stop In the Name of Love” and ask “What’s Going On?”

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

7:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.    Registration

7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m.     Continental Breakfast hosted by Pepsi, Frito-Lay

7:30 a.m. — 8:15 a.m.    Simon Says:  Success is an Inside Job
If you’re seeking to reinvent your company or life, don’t miss this session.  Through a riveting presentation, learn how to tap your hidden talents and unleash the winner within.
Alfred A. Edmond, Jr., SVP/Editor-in-Chief

Simon Bailey, Founder
Brilliance Institute, Inc.

7:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.     Kidpreneur/Teenpreneur Conference hosted by Wendy’s International

8:30 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.    Keynote Address: Finding the Passion in Your Profession hosted by EMC
Every day you should wake up ready to conquer the world. Our esteemed keynote speaker will talk about staying passionate     about what you do and who you are–even in the face of the most insurmountable odds. You will find it to be a message of timeless inspiration!
Sonia Alleyne, Editorial Director

Judge Glenda Hatchett,
Glenda Hatchett Enterprises

9:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.    Session 4A – Going Global: Finding Fortune Beyond Our Borders
To find unparalleled revenue-building opportunities, look beyond America’s shores. Our panelists share how they managed multimillion dollar enterprises overseas.  Learn the process of  navigating through culture, language, and customs and emerge successful in this commercial sphere.
Lloyd Ward, President & CEO
Yuan Xhen, Organic Milk

Donna Sims Wilson, Executive Vice President
M.R. Beale

Alan Hughes, Editorial Director

9:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.    Session 4B — Affordable Franchises You Should Buy Now
Whether you’ve left corporate America or are seeking to launch the next big thing, franchising may be the way to go. Our speakers discuss the fundamentals of running a profitable operation and choosing the right industry and franchisor for you.
Kwame Tutuh, Program Director, Franchisee
Ident-A-Kid Services of America

Eric Graves, Master Franchisor

Miriam L. Brewer, Director of Education and Diversity
International Franchise Association

10:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.    Coffee Break  hosted by Pepsi, Frito-Lay

11:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.    Session 5A – BE NEXT
Hosted by Yum! Brands
They’re the young, fearless game changers you’ve seen in the pages of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. Hear their stories and learn lessons that will help you take your business to the next level.
Brandon Broussard, Co-Owner
Barackawear, Inc.

Lorielle Broussard, Co-Owner
Barackawear, Inc.

Sirena C. Moore, President & CEO
Elohim Cleaning Contractors

Tennille M. Robinson, Small Business Editor

11:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.    Session 5B — What It Takes To Land the Big Contract
Hosted by OPEN from American Express

Ever wonder why some vendors seem to gobble up all the best contracts? In this blockbuster session, find out how to navigate the procurement process and secure that multimillion-dollar deal.
Paul Williams, Executive Director
The Dormitory Authority

Cheryl Snead, President & CEO
Banneker Industries

Garnett Newcombe, CEO
Human Potential Consultants

John Simons, Senior Personal Finance Editor

12:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.     Working Lunch Session–Game Changers: Success Strategies for the 21st Century
Hosted by ExxonMobil

In order to gain the competitive edge and take advantage of every opportunity, your company has to be rebuilt to last.  In this special roundtable session, top business leaders tell how they are rewriting the rules of the game, and share their unique approach to achieving business success in any economic climate. They will share how entrepreneurs must innovate when it comes to the development of products and services; create a more flexible business model; and collaborate to seize new opportunities, such as those offered by the Obama economic agenda. The session will offer entrepreneurs a game plan to follow for 2009 and beyond.
Harold Epps, CEO

Suzanne Shank, CEO
Siebert Brandford Shank

Ulice Payne, Jr., President
Addison-Clifton, LLC

Derek T. Dingle, Senior VP/Editor-in-Chief

1:45 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.     The Elevator Pitch Competition
Back by popular demand! Sometimes a chance elevator encounter is all the face time you’re likely to get with that decision maker you’ve been after. Is your pitch on point? Five qualifying finalists will get to test their game when they make a two-minute “elevator pitch” to our panel of judges. And just like on American Idol, the audience will have their say about who has the winning pitch. Come and see if you’re prepared for the (elevator) ride of your life!
Michelle Thompson-Dolberry, Director, Customer Advocacy Marketing
American Express OPEN

Alfred A. Edmond, Jr., SVP & Editor-in-Chief

Brent Leary, Co-Founder
CRM Essentials, LLC

2:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.     Deal Makers Expo–Where Deals Are Made!
OK, this is what you’re here for. The Deal Makers Expo is where you connect and close. Join world-class corporate exhibitors, your fellow conference attendees, and some special guests for quality one-on-one exchanges. Come in and let’s make a deal.

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.            OPEN Forum Hosted by OPEN from American Express
Give Me 5-Introduction to Federal Procurement and the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
(rotating 30 minutes session)
The federal procurement marketplace represents a significant business opportunity for women – specifically, women business owners could gain more that $5 billion in annual revenues byreaching the 5% contracting goal that was stipulated by Congress in 2000.  Join Women Impacting Public for an introduction to the federal marketplace, Central Contracting Registration (CCR) and discussion of success strategies for winning contracts and developing your business.
Moderated by:
Dr. Nancy Quarles, Ph.D, Founder
Advantage Consulting Group, Inc. (ACGI)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    The Fast Lane
Get in the fast lane for 1a 30-minute fast-fact presentation from our corporate sponsor. The Fast Lane is limited to 50 participants on a first-come, first-seated basis. Come, learn, and go!
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – SmartEdge presented by General Motors
SmartEdge is a financial education program designed to help people make more informed financial decisions

4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.    BE Small Business Successâ„¢ Boot Camp 101 B: Technology
Hosted by Sam’s Club
It can be your best friend or the albatross around your neck. At this session, you will master the art of keeping pace with the high-tech tools that will serve your bottom line and maximize your competitiveness. Presenters will provide the high-tech lowdown on how to grow your business–everything from e-commerce and e-books to blogging and social networking.
Brent Leary, Co-Founder
CRM Essentials, LLC

Sonya A. Donaldson, Editor-at-Large

4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. BE Small Business Successâ„¢ Boot Camp 102 B: Marketing
Hosted by Sam’s Club
This boot camp session demonstrates what it takes to build a brand that stands out from the competition. Learn how to develop your specific marketing approach, take advantage of the latest business trends, and turn employees into brand ambassadors. When you’re finished, you’ll have gained the skills and confidence to explore untapped markets and develop lasting relationships.
Aubyn E. Thomas, SVP, Marketing Services & Multicultural Marketing Initiatives

Tennille Robinson, Small Business Editor

5:15 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.    SistersInc. — Women, Power & Entrepreneurship
African American women were pioneers in the earliest days of black entrepreneurship, and today they rank among the highest-performing and savviest leaders in business. For this session, a powerhouse assemblage of women professionals take an intimate look back at the triumphs and setbacks that shaped their personal journeys, and discuss what it means to be a black woman in business in 2009.
Nadine Thompson, President & CEO
Soul Purpose

Pamela Rodgers, Owner & President
Rodgers Chevrolet

Colleen Nabors, President & CEO
MCI Diagnostic Center

Sonia Alleyne, Editorial Director

8:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.    BE 100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner hosted by ExxonMobil
Join us as we celebrate and bestow honor upon the year’s best in entrepreneurial achievement to the Black Enterprise BE 100s Companies of the Year and A.G. Gaston Lifetime recipient.


8:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.    DEPARTURE

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