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Watch Live Stream from the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Hosted by Nationwide Insurance on May 24th and 25th

 Black Enterprise $10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition, Small Business Success BootcampTM and the BE100s Anniversary Awards Gala among Highlights of Live Stream Sponsored by Google


Plus, One-on-One Conversations with Tavis Smiley and ‘Top Chef” Marcus Samuelsson


(New York, NY) May 22, 2012 ─ and Google will present a live stream of power-packed workshops, one-on-one conversations and nightly entertainment from the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Hosted by Nationwide Insurance on May 24th and 25th.  Designed to promote the economic growth of emerging and established minority businesses, the event will bring together more than 1,000 of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs and corporate professionals to network, seek out new opportunities and take in the most innovative strategies from today’s top business minds.

 The real time broadcast will be available at

 The live stream schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.             

Opening Remarks 

Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE

Eric E. Smith, Regional VP, Mid-West Region Operations, Nationwide Insurance

Rosalind Brewer, CEO, Sam’s Club

 8:30 a.m. –9:15 a.m.

One-on-One Conversation hosted by Nationwide Insurance

Tavis Smiley, veteran journalist; CEO, The Smiley Group

12:30 p.m. –2:00p.m.

The Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments

One-on-One Conversation with “Top Chef” Marcus Samuelsson

 7:30 p.m. –9:00p.m.

The Black Enterprise $10,000 Elevator Pitch Competition hosted by PepsiCo

Host: Black Enterprise Business Report Senior Producer & Correspondent Shannon Lanier

Judges: Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE

Magnus Greaves, Founder & CEO, The CASHFLOW; Co-Founder, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs

Kim Coles, Co-Host, “Are You Normal America,” OWN

Michael Baisden, Host, “The Michael Baisden Show,” author and activist

May 25, 2012

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                       

Sourcing Capital for Your Tech Startup

Speakers: Hank Williams, CEO, Kloud.Co.; Angela Benton, CEO, Black Web Media, L.L.C.; and Anthony Frasier, Co-Founder, Playd

Moderator: Marcia Wade Talbert, Multimedia Content Producer, BLACK ENTERPRISE

 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             

BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp E – Mobile Marketing

Facilitator: Wayne Sutton, Founder, TriOut

 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                       

BE100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner hosted by Dell

BLACK ENTERPRISE names their Companies of the Year and announces the 2012 BE100s, the nation’s largest and most profitable black-owned businesses as detailed in the publication’s June issue.

 The live stream presentation is powered by  Follow the conversation using Hashtag #BEEC2012 at and visit for additional information about speakers and sessions.

The 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide is presented by American Express OPEN, Ariel Investments, Buick (GM), DELL, Google, PepsiCo and Walmart. Platinum sponsors include FedEx Express, Fifth Third Bank, Mass Mutual, and Wendy’s International. Corporate sponsors include ALiveLook, American Airlines, Angel Venture Forum, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Monster, The David Paterson Show, PR Newswire, RW Group and WVON-AM 1690. Partner sponsor is The Boss Network


BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source of Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business leaders, personal finance, careers and small business.  Visit for more information.

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