This week on the The Urban Business Roundtable our Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Randal Pinkett, Ph.D, CEO of BCT Partners and co-author, along with Jeffrey Robinson, Phd. and veteran business editor Philana Patterson, of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness.
The Rhodes Scholar and 2005 winner of Season 4 of The Apprentice joins Kennedy at the roundtable to share success strategies that entrepreneurs will need to win “the ever changing game,” a challenge far more complex than the obstacles faced by previous generations of African Americans, including breaking the color line and shattering the glass ceiling.
Also, this week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Ryla Inc. President & CEO Mark Wilson about his transition from an employee managing a call center to owning one of Georgia’s fastest-growing companies. Founded by Wilson in 2001, Ryla is an Atlanta based company specializing in call center solutions, customer contact solutions and business process outsourcing. Ryla was named the fastest growing company in metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Wilson was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region in 2010.
Of course, 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, on my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment this week, I talk about why small business owners need to go beyond evaluating company and employee performance in their year-end assessment for 2010, and focusing on the person most critical to the success of their enterprise in 2011 and beyond: the CEO.
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.