Black Enterprise Magazine, who by the way is celebrating its 40th year in existence, is also celebrating its 15th Anniversary entrepreneurs conference. The conference brings a a couple thousand business owners/entrepreneurs from across the country together for 3 days of seminars, sessions, networking and deal making.
I’ve been an avid subscriber of business and finance magazines such as Forbes, Money and Black Enterprise for many years. And for many years I’ve had thoughts of going to past conferences but have never made it. So I was ecstatic to hear that the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo was FINALLY being held in a city I live in. The BEEC 201o is being held at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Today’s opening was well organized and smoothly operated. In just a few short minutes I was registered, given all my expo paraphanellia and sent on my way.
Before any event activity began, there was networking taking place in every nook and cranny of the hotel lobby. Beautiful smiling faces there eager to build business relationships. The opening dinner and networking reception was a great kick off. There was endless food and drinks and a wonderful live band. What was even better were the SHORT speeches (there’s nothing worse than long drawn out speeches) from Black Enterprise Magazine CEO Earl Graves, JR, corporate sponsor Exxon and Atlanta councilman Kwanzaa Hall who declared May 16-18, 2010 the official BE Entrepreneurs Conference weekend.
I saw a couple of old faces and many many new faces. One new face I was ecstatic to meet was Maggie Anderson of the Economic Experiment (google her)! It was a wonderful start hopefully to new beginnings.
Stay tuned for more Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference reviews as day 2 approaches.
Note to Self: DON’T FORGET YOUR CAMERA TOMORROW ANJELA!