Some of the 1,200 pre-registered Black Enterprise Conference attendees check in at the registration booths and pick up the credentials they'll need for the next couple of days, including an ID badge, wristband, conference journal, and conference bag.
Those who didn't have the opportunity to register for the Entrepreneurs Conference beforehand, but didn't want to miss out on the largest gathering of African American entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the nation, gather at the on-site registration desk to register and receive credentials.
Attendees mix, mingle and socialize, mapping out their session-attending strategy over the next couple of days.
Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. welcomes all attendees and sponsors to the 15th annual Entrepreneurs Conference at the Opening Reception hosted by ExxonMobil and Southern Company, and lets everyone know a little bit about the great things that will be taking place over the next couple of days.
Leonard James III, Corporate Policy Advisor for ExxonMobil Corp., the event host sponsor, greets conference attendees and sponsors and touches on the Energy Imperative and STEM Education panels ExxonMobil is hosting on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
A representative from Southern Company also welcomed the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference to Atlanta and wished everyone a successful event.
Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails were served to the guests who come from all over the country each year for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference.
Live music provided a mellow background for all the conference-goers who had arrived earlier in the day and were still arriving.
Branding Coach Chris Bryant took a moment to relax before preparing for his afternoon coaching sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
Conference-goers meet and greet each other and relax after traveling near and far to Entrepreneurs Conference headquarters, the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Atlanta.
Events such as the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference are important opportunities to gather informationa and build your network. (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)