This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Joe Dudley Sr., co-founder with wife Eunice Dudley, of Dudley Quality Plus, a High Point, N.C.-based hair and skin care products company. Dudley has a legacy as one of the nation’s most accomplished African American entrepreneurs, beginning with the founding of Dudley Products in 1967. Today, Dudley Quality Plus, led by daughter Ursula Dudley Oglesby, is a sterling example of multi-generational entrepreneurship.
But the Dudley brand is known for more than hair and beauty products; it is also an established leader in vocational education, with beauty colleges and universities in North Carolina; Chicago, Ill.; Washington, D.C.; and the African nation of Zimbabwe. Joe Dudley Sr. has earned numerous honors and recognitions, including a 2005 Trumpet Award, induction into the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and former President George Bush’s 467th Point of Light Award. Dudley joins the Roundtable to share how he overcome obstacles to stay on his destined path of success.
Also, UBR contributor Renita D. Young speaks with entrepreneurship and personal finance expert Cheryl Broussard, CEO of Cheryl Broussard and Company. Broussard is the author of several books, including the ebook The Jet Set Girlâ€™s Guide To Building A Million Dollar Online Empire: Making Money As You Sit On The Beach In The South Of France! Broussard joins the Roundtable to share strategies for creating multiple streams of income.
In my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment, I remind entrepreneurs that there is still time to register for Small Business University (SBU), a free series of online video courses at BlackEnterprise.com offering expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow profitable small businesses. This year’s SBU instructors, including SocialPeople.tv Founder James Andrews, author and business start-up expert Melinda F. Emerson and Young Entrepreneur Council Founder Scott Gerber, are among the top small business success experts in the country. Go to http://www.BlackEnterprise.com/sbu to register and learn more.
And finally, 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.
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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 week for UBR Spotlight, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show.
Small business is BIG BUSINESS at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide, May 23-26, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services youâ€™ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/ec/