UBR Morning Post: Black Enterprise Titan Bill Mays

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Mays is founder and CEO of one of the nation's largest chemical distribution companies.

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.

VIDEO: Watch Bill Mays’ Power Player profile on the Black Enterprise Business Report

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.

If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on The Urban Business Roundtable, send me an e-mail at edmonda@blackenterprise.com or to me at Twitter or Facebook.

Alfred Edmond Jr.

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.

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    718 346-1673
    PASS IT ON TO SOMEONE ELSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN SUCH AN INVESTMENT, I TRUST MYSELF AND KEEP MY WORD SO I WANT YOU TO LET ME, BE THE FIRST TO GET THE INVESTMENT CAPITAL FOR MANY ARE NOT GOOD OR SCAMMERS AND I DON’T WANT YOU TO LOSE THE HOPE OR BELIEVE IN BLACK BECAUSE OF BAD PEOPLE SO I PUT MYSELF UP FOR THE TEST TOTALLY. WALL STREET IS NOT THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU NEED PRODUCTS I OFFER THIS TODAY.

  • http://www.YoungBlackProfessionals.org YBP

    Peter, your sentiment is one that is growing. Black Enterprise’s “BE Next” series is shedding some light on successful Young Black Professionals, which in turn helps bring some attention to a generation feeling somewhat like the ignored middle child. To this end, YoungBlackProfessionals.org was created to help us to solve our own problems, while welcoming the helping hands of those who came before us. But you are right; we CANNOT afford to wait on them! Best wishes for you Peter and the many you represent.

  • http://www.oritaritesofpassage.org/events.html Warren Maye

    What an inspiring story (William Mays)! It inspired me to do further research on him. For example, learning that his dad was a university professor of chemistry helped me better understand why he moved in that direction and why he might have been so knowledgeable about the subject in the first place.

  • http://www.oritaritesofpassage.org/events.html Warren Maye

    Wonderful story on Bill Mays. It inspired me to do further research on him. For example, learning that his dad was a university professor of chemistry helped me to better understand what might have motivated him to become so knowledgeable in that field and take that career path in the first place.

    And take a look at the awards he has received…

    Mays is considered Indiana’s most successful African-American businessman. He holds several firsts in his home state: he is the first African American to serve as campaign chairman for the United Way of Central Indiana; the first to chair the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the first to be elected to the Indianapolis University Foundation board, and the first appointed to chair the Indiana Lottery Commission. He has served on a number of boards, has earned many honors and awards, and has received three honorary doctorates. –from Answers.com

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