The goal of this year’s Legislative Day event is to establish relationships with representatives from both political parties. And in doing so, communicating the importance of the inclusion of minority owned, women owned and small business in general, on all contracts for the State of Alabama and adjusting the contractual language to reflect such changes. SRMSDC wants to communicate that our council has qualified MBEs interested in participating in the local State business process to assist in the continual growth of the State of Alabama.
Guest Speakers include:
- Rep. Oliver Robinson (D)
- Rep. Rod Scott
- Sen. Del Marsh (R)
- Rep. Mike Hubbard (R)
- Sen. Bobby Singleton (D)
- Rep. Napoleon Bracy
- Michael Jones (State of AL Finance Dept)
- Greg Canfield (Dept of Commerce)
- Billy Canary (Business Council of AL)
**Please R.S.V.P. as lunch will be provided.**
This event will take place on April 10, 2013 and all Small Business Owners are invited.
Alabama Activity Center
Center for Commerce Cafeteria
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
For more information and to register, please contact
Ms. Angelia Harris – Brown
South Region Minority Supplier Development Council
By Vickii Howell
Black America’s top networking guru, business consultant and true believer in the potential greatness of African American people, George C. Fraser, is headed to Birmingham with a message fitting the date of his arrival, April 3.
Fifty years ago, on April 3, 1963, Birmingham’s fiery civil rights leader, the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, read a manifesto that launched the historic Birmingham Movement, starting with boycotts of segregated department store lunch counters. The Movement later turned into mass demonstrations, including the scenes of non-violent child protestors besieged by police dogs and high-powered fire hoses.
And on April 3, 1968, Shuttlesworth’s iconic contemporary, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his last speech in Memphis that was filled with his plans for economic advancement that would help his people reach “the Promised Land.” But Dr. King was assassinated the next day; his plans essentially died with him and his plans remain unfulfilled to this day.
Fraser’s motivational message for Birmingham is a message for Blacks across the nation and around the world: in the next phase of the Movement, we must focus on resource management and cooperative economics through networking to create generational wealth and financial equity.
Black people are not poor, the Cleveland-based businessman says. Rather, we are mentally broke.
“African Americans are a $920-billion economy. If we were a nation, we’d be the 19th richest in the world. But our money goes in one direction – away from us,” he says. “We are some of America’s most conspicuous consumers.
“Therefore, it’s clearly time for us to unite. God has given us everything we need to succeed except one thing – each other. Until we learn how to love ourselves, how to love each other, how to network and collaborate with each other, we will not receive anything else from God.”
Fraser uses African American history to inspire their desire to achieve the potential for great success that’s bound in them. For more than 200 years, Blacks worked together in a long and brutal campaign for civil and human rights to end slavery. They struggled another 100 years after the Civil War to finally achieve first-class American citizenship.
Under such local leaders like Rev. Shuttlesworth and Dr. King;s national renown, along with scores of other activist preachers and citizens of good conscience in the nation, they achieved one of the world’s greatest human revolutions through love, cooperation and strategic action. So Fraser believes that African Americans possess a unique potential to bring about positive change, for themselves and the world at large.
While the City of Birmingham marks the 50th commemorative anniversary of the world-changing 1963 Birmingham Movement, Fraser hopes to inspire today’s civic and business leaders to continue their ancestors’ pioneering work by tackling the last challenge facing African Americans – building wealth and economic stability that is on par with other ethnic and racial groups.
There are two main obstacles that hinder the work, Fraser says. One, African Americans don’t help each other like other groups do. And two, we abuse and misuse the many resources that we control rather than leveraging them for greater economic and intellectual capital.
“When we unite and become better stewards of our resources, we demonstrate to the world and to ourselves that we are a force to be reckoned with,” he says. “Until such time we learn to do that, we just won’t get to the Promised Land.”
So he strives to de-program negative attitudes and instill a culture of success and empowerment among Blacks through his best-selling books, lectures and networking seminars.
Fraser, the Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, has spent the last 25 of his 67 years writing books like Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community to highlight Blacks who have already achieved success, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, through willpower, talent and personal networks that worked.
He’s on a mission to help Black people attain wealth that can be handed down to the next generation, and to help them become the No. 1 employer of each other in the 21st century.
To achieve that vision, the former corporate executive who spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Co., and United Way started FraserNet and its annual PowerNetworking Conference. He uses his skills to reconnect people of African descent in America and other parts of the world with each other, and connects them with other human resources that increase their chances for business and economic success.
George C. Fraser of Cleveland, OH
@ Jazz Underground in Five Points South
Address: 2012 Magnolia Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Networking Hour 5 PM
Program 6 PM to 8 PM
This event is brought to you by Urbanham.com, Birmingham View Magazine Online, The Birmingham Terminal, Birmingham 24/7 and U-Metro Magazine in association with UrbanProfessionals.com of Atlanta.
The Birmingham Business Card Swap is this Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at the Wine Loft!
The Wine Loft is located at 2200 1st Avenue North in Birmingham, AL. 35203.
Free admission, giveaways, on-site professional headshot opportunities.
Brought to you by Sam South Innovations and First Impressions Marketing Group.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Empowering Women for Business, Equipping Women for Life.
Kingdom Entrepreneurs presents Ladies of Royalty Impact Business Conference. March 9, 2013 at the BJCC-East Ballroom A – 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203. 8am – 1pm.
Ladies join us for a day of:
- Keys to Leading
- Pursuing Purpose
- Business Strategies
- Business Connections
- Relationship Building
- Understand Your Power
- Health Tips
- and much more!
Vendor and sponsor opportunities available!
Registration $39.00 (Includes pampering and breakfast)
To register visit www.LadiesOfRoyalty.com
TK Productions presents Hot Topics – Education Our Community Through Q&A Business Socials.”
Come out and enjoy good food, network, ask questions and hear local business professionals respond.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5pm – 8pm.
Place: Watermark Place located at 4500 Alabama Adventure Parkway in Bessemer, Alabama 35022.
Email or Tweet Your Questions in Advance to email@example.com or @eventsbytk
Guest Panelist include Crystal McCants of Hot 107.7, Jarvis Escott – Social Media Marketing Guru, Russ McClinton – Business Owner and special guest Anthony Underwood. Moderated by Comedian Deno Posey.
For more information call (205) 425-1137 or RSVP to attend this event online at tkproductionsinc.com.
The Birmingham Business Card Swap takes place October 16, 2012 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Wine Loft.
Free admission, enter to win hourly product giveaways and complimentary Hors D’ oeurves.
The Wine Loft is located at 2200 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.
For more information email Sam South at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Happening Birmingham? Meet & Greet takes place Thursday, 9/13/2012 at the WineLoft which is located at 2220 1st Avenue North in Birmingham, AL 35203.
Mingle and Network with Birmingham’s Movers and Shakers.
Free Admission 5pm – 8pm.
For more information call (205) 538-4508 or visit whatshappeningbirmingham.com.
It all kicks off on Thursday, August 16 with the Official YP Weekend Kickoff Celebration at Jazz Underground – 2012 Magnolia Avenue, Five Points South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Doors open at 8:00pm.
On Friday, August 17, 2012 its the Take over Project at Applebees in Five Points West. Welcome to the good life. Enjoy great food on us and a world-class DJ. Doors open at 9:00pm.
On Saturday, August 18, 2012 its the Encore at the Birmingham Crossplex at 2331 Bessemer Road. Step out with your best “after five” attire and join us for an evening filled with tantalizing hors d’ oervres and great music. Doors open at 9:00pm.
On Sunday, August 19, 2012 its the Grill and Chill at Avondale Park at 4:00pm.
For more information and tickets visit www.ypweekend.com.
- SRMSDC Golf Classic – An executive golf tournament hosted by Wells Fargo, ARD Logistics and Regions Bank at Oxmoor Valley Golf Course. Our Golf Classic provides funds to support advanced management education for SRMSDC-certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) executives at the Tuck School of Business and Kellogg School of Management. More than 150 people played in the tournament last year.
- Opening Reception – a dynamic “Greetings from Magic City” welcome at one of Birmingham’s most elegant and historic venues, The Tutwiler Hotel, hosted by the Birmingham Water Works Board.
- Town Hall Meetings providing a focused look at current trends impacting corporate supply chains and minority-owned businesses in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery, with expert speakers from the public policy, finance, environmental compliance, state and federal agency, high technology and industrial sectors. Includes Navigating the New Normal, Connecting the Dots and a Corporate Executive Roundtable Discussion and Marketing to NASA Contractors.MBE Showcase Luncheon – attendees dine-in and discuss as top “Contract Ready” businesses share the inner-workings of their thriving enterprises.
- Business Connections Conference & Business Opportunities Tradeshow – a business-2-business tradeshow with nearly 75 corporate, government and minority business exhibitors.
- MBDA Business Center MatchMaker – a session offering brief one-on-one meetings with corporate buyers and MBEs seeking to do business with minority entrepreneurs
- Crystal Awards – an annual awards program recognizing minority business executives and corporations for business excellence and supplier diversity performance. Business awards include MBE Suppliers of the Year, Corporation of the Year, CEO of the Year, Buyer of the Year and more, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and Hyundai USA.
- SRMSDC – Chris Lewis, President and CEO
- U.S. Small Business Administration – Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator
- State of Alabama House of Representatives – Representative Oliver Robinson
- State of Alabama House of Representatives – Representative Rod Scott
- City of Birmingham – The Honorable William Bell, Mayor
- Mobile Chamber of Commerce – Michael Pierce, Chairman of the Board
- Diversified Supply – Dan Anderson, President and CEO
- AirGo USA, LLC – Ron Washington, President and CEO
- Marshall Space Flight Center – David Brock and Debbie Baston, Program Directors
- NASA –Todd May, Program Manager of Space Launch System
- Alabama Power Company – Alice Gordon, Manager of Supplier Diversity
The Williams Groups invites you to Skool Daze: Young Professionals Night Tweet & Meet + Facebook Meet-up.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at STEEL from 4pm – 7pm.
Hosted by Pasocca Merrit with Guest Speaker Ike Piggott.
$2 Drink Specials plus free appetizers sponsored by Shelbys.
Door prizes sponsored by Alabama Social Media Association.
This event is FREE with RSVP.
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For more information call (205) 530-0314.