This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy talks with hip-hop mogul, philanthropist, iconic entrepreneur and author Russell Simmons, who shares the secrets to true wealth from his latest book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.
Simmons was ranked at No. 9 on the Black Enterprise list of 40 “Titans: The Most Powerful African Americans in Business–and How They Shaped Our World”, our countdown of the most important Black business leaders of the four decades since Black Enterprise Magazine was founded in August 1970.
Also, contributor Renita Young speaks with entrepreneur Dawn Fitch about how she overcame a looming layoff from her job and health challenges to launch Pooka Pure & Simple, a bath and body care company she started in her kitchen. Today, her company’s products are in more than 40 Whole Foods Stores nationwide. Fitch share how she used the three Ps—passion, purpose and perseverance—to achieve entrepreneurial success.
In addition, every week on UBR, you’ll get motivation and inspiration from author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah 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.
And finally, in my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment, I review what it takes to succeed as the owner of a franchise operation, and share why it might not be the best option for pure entrepreneurs. UBR listeners who’ve registered for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, scheduled for May 22-25, 2011 in Atlanta, will get even more information about franchising and other entrepreneurship options. Remember, the deadline to use the special discount code for UBR listeners to register has been extended. Get the code when I share it during the show, or connect with me at BE Insider to get the discount.
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Alfred Edmond Jr. is the senior VP/editor-at-large of Black Enterprise and the host of the Urban Business Roundtable, a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each Wednesday for The UBR Morning Post, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show.