improving the performance of clients ranging from Coca-Cola to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as individual professionals and small business owners. Satchell offers a few key lessons for entrepreneurs on how to stay focused on your goals and create the right mindset for success. Her mantra to her clients: “Just Get Serious.”
Of course, every week on UBR, you’ll get a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today Business Correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Khoa X. Ho of Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR Economists Derrick Collins and Rasheed Carter.
And, as always, you’ll get my take on issues, trends and opportunities of critical importance to your business growth and success. This week I focus on why black business owners need to move more aggressively to take advantage of the burgeoning green economy, representing literally hundreds of billion dollars in public and private sector investments over the next 25 years. Thirty years ago, black entrepreneurs were slow to recognize and exploit opportunities in the economic boom driven by technology. The result: As billions in wealth was created, black business was on the outside looking in, lamenting the “digital divide.” Now, according to Van Jones, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Jerome Ringo and other alternative energy and green economy advocates who spoke at our second Black Enterprise Conversation on Energy Forum in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, history is on the verge of repeating itself. We cannot allow that to happen. Black business owners must wake up and get engaged in the green economy. Follow our coverage of African American activism and engagement in the green space by checking the BEing Green section of BlackEnteprise.com, as well as the Black Enterprise/Shell Conversation on Energy web site. You can also follow the ongoing discussion by searching for #BEEnergyForum on Twitter.
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.