This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young sits down with the top executive of one of the nation’s largest Black-owned companies, Amos L. Otis, CEO of SoBran Inc. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, SoBran, which provides support services for biomedical and environmental research and security, ranks at No. 55 on the 2012 BE 100s list of the top industrial/service companies, with revenues of $60 million last year.
Before launching SoBran, Amos Otis had a distinguished career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a missile combat crew commander. Since founding SoBran in 1987, Otis has built a company that now serves some the world’s largest government, academic and commercial organizations, earning the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Small Business Achievement Award.
Also, UBR Contributor Samantha Pass talks with entrepreneur, author, speaker, media personality and national news commentator Princess Clark-Wendel. The author of A Pocketbook of Hope in Tough Economic Times, she is also a monthly columnist at FoxBusiness.com and an expert blogger for Enova Financial. Recognized as a national family finance expert, Clark-Wendel shift gears for the Roundtable to provide advice to entrepreneurs on how best to hire and delegate for their business.
In addition, in my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment, share advice on how to use golf to grow your business from Ty DeLavallade, CEO of Golf Quests Inc., a full-service golf travel company based in Orlando, Florida.
And finally, every week on UBR, youâ€™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 Khoa X. Ho of 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.