Washington D.C. (April 30, 2015) – The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. launched the first Young Black Male Entrepreneur Institute event at the City Club in the nation’s capital. This is the first of many in the United States.
During the event, experienced businessmen shared advice on building successful businesses in the new economy with more than 40 up and coming young Black male entrepreneurs. The charge in the room was unmatched and culminated with remarks from Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., Harry Wingo, President
and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Antwayne Ford, President & CEO of Enlightened, Inc. and William Clyburn Jr, President & CEO of Clyburn Consulting LLC.
This pilot initiative provides young Black male entrepreneurs, both seasoned and novice, the opportunity to experience a specialized curriculum derived from our nation’s most competitive business schools and business development counseling in the region. The participants have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs, network with successful chamber leadership and improve their local communities by creating jobs.
Through the USBC network, these young men now have access to resources and support to help sustain their businesses. Beyond creating wealth building practices, this initiative aims to reshape society’s negative perception of Black men by elevating their visibility and impact in business, community and leadership; and enhancing their interest in economic development.
Howard R.Jean, Institute Engineer, shared his sentiments,”When approached by President Busby, Keith and I jumped at the chance to be instrumental in enhancing a diverse pool of young talented Black men who aspire to build legacies through economic empowerment as business owners and not just employees.” Similarly, Keith Benjamin Jr., Institute
Organizer, shared his excitement, “A fire was lit on Friday morning and it’s going to be amazing watching the paths to success created and blazed in the months to come.” As business owners and social change agents, President Busby, Howard R. Jean and Keith Benjamin Jr. take mentoring young Black men seriously because doing so shapes the
economic future of the Black community and society as a whole. To learn more on how you can be involved with the Black Male Entrepreneur Institute or how to launch a program in your city, contact the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. at (202) 463-8722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc
USBC is an association of over 115 self-sustaining, viable Black Chambers and small business associations nationwide whose collaboration with strategic partners increases our capacity to serve. We serve our members through our 5 pillars of service, Advocacy, Access to Capital, Contracting, Entrepreneurial Training, and Chamber Development.
Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises. For more information about the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., please visit our website at usblackchambers.org.
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