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Enterprise magazine and Town Hall panelist. “And most recently, a number of Supreme Court decisions have reinforced this trend legally.” Other distinguished panel participants echoing similar concerns included the country’s foremost economic and political minority leaders: The Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc.; Catherine Liggins Hughes, founder and CEO of Radio One Inc.; George Herrera, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers; Theodore Shaw, associate director/counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network; and Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree, who served as the panel moderator.

With the announcement that the National Minority Supplier Development Council had approved the adoption of a measure that would enable companies with as little as 30% minority ownership to be considered minority businesses, the concern remains: Will this change the traditional way corporate purchasing departments evaluate such vendors?

The Kidpreneurs Konference committee promised and delivered a fun and informative three-day program, the only business-oriented event of its kind designed specifically for African American youth between the ages of 4 and 18.

The theme of the Konference was Teaching Children to Think Big While They’re still Small. The objective was to educate youth about the world of entrepreneurship and to inspire them to view business ownership as a viable option.

Black Enterprise is extending an invitation to all entrepreneurs and black business owners interested in starting, growing, expanding, connecting, and creating wealth within their new or existing enterprise.

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