UBR Morning Post: How Farrah Gray Builds His Newest Business By The Book

Ascension Aircraft CEO Jamail Larkins (Image: Embry Riddle)

At age 12, Larkins took his first flight lesson. Three years later, he started his own business, and by the age of 20, he became Federal Aviation Administration’s first official ambassador for aviation and space education. Today, Larkins is CEO of an Augusta, Ga.-based aircraft leasing, management, acquisition, sales and brokering firm that generated more than $8 million in revenue in 2009.

In my “Alfred’s Notepad” commentary, I explain why one of the best ways an entrepreneur can improve the prospects of success for his or her business is to help the entrepreneurs in their network to thrive. My point is this: a market can’t be fertile for you and a desert for everyone else. The better the businesses in proximity to yours are doing, the more likely it is that there are people and companies in your target market with the financial resources to spend money with you. This is the the business proposition represented by the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, scheduled for May 22-25, 2011 in Atlanta, the nation’s largest annual gathering of Black business owners. Registration is now open; you need to be there and encourage others in your network and business community to attend as well.

In addition, every week on UBR, you’ll get motivation and inspiration from UBR contributor Gray, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today Business Correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR Economists Derrick Collins and Rasheed Carter.

If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on The Urban Business Roundtable, send me an e-mail at edmonda@blackenterprise.com or connect with me at BE Insider, the social media network for people who are serious about Black Enterprise. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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