History of minority entrepreneurship topic for symposium

April 5, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Nicolette Jett

For more than two years, The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center has worked to foster a supportive environment for and offer assistance to minority-owned firms.

As part of its continued efforts, the center will host the Diverse Business Symposium, “The History of Entrepreneurship in the African American,” Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation Auditorium.

The symposium will have three breakout sessions with guest speakers from UT and the Toledo community who will provide their insights on how to:

• Increase sales by marketing;

• Improve your bottom line by planning; and

• Understand what gets businesses bank loans.

“The symposium has a little bit for everyone in regards to entrepreneurship,” said Erik Johnson, manager of the Minority Business Development Center. “The conference is an outward reflection of the commitment UT has toward the enhancement of diverse business in the community.”

Registrations are requested by Friday, April 6. The cost to attend the symposium is $20, which can be paid by phone at 419.530.8570 or in person at the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women in Tucker Hall Room 0168 on Main Campus. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

“Those who attend the symposium will gain a new insight into the challenges businesses face,” said Kristen Edwards, administrative graduate assistant for the Minority Business Development Center. “The symposium will provide beneficial tools for students who are graduating in May and are looking into entrepreneurship as a possible career avenue.”

All minority-owned businesses and those considering entrepreneurship are encouraged to attend for the information sessions and a chance for peer-to-peer networking and the opportunity to gain advice.

The symposium is sponsored by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the UT Minority Business Development Center.

For more information, contact Johnson at 419.530.3170 or erik.johnson@utoledo.edu.

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