This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Mays Chemical Founder and CEO Bill Mays, named one of 40 “Titans: The Most Powerful African Americans in Business–and How They Shaped Our World” in the 40th Anniversary Issue of Black Enterprise. Mays Chemical, a BE 100s company and one of the largest chemical distribution firms in the nation, was launched with $10,000 in savings and a $50,000 loan. Today, the Indianapolis-based company, with 2009 revenues of $183 million, has customers in 14 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Also on this week’s edition of The Urban Business Roundtable, our Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with social media strategist, business consultant, author and speaker Tasha “TC” Cooper Coleman, CEO of UpwardAction. Coleman, an expert on “magnetic branding” shares how to create a digital marketing and social media strategy designed to create value and increase revenues for your business. (Follow Coleman on Twitter.) For more on how entrepreneurs are using social media to meet their business goals, check out Social Media Connection and Social Media Insider each week at BlackEnterprise.com.
Also, I share how Generation Next is not a threat, but a critical source of energy and innovation for the survival and success of business in a economic environment of both promise and peril. Black Enterprise chronicles the promise of this generation of business and professional achievers in the BE Next section of BlackEnterprise.com.
Alfred Edmond Jr. is the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com 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.