This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, we feature the success stories of two business leaders who transitioned from executives to entrepreneurs. First, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young speaks with Ralph E. Brown, founder and CEO of Trillion Communications Corp. Based in Bessemer, Alabama, the telecommunications products and services company earned revenues of $55 million in 2013, ranking at No. 59 on the Black Enterprise Industrial/Service 100 list.
Prior to starting Trillion, Brown spent more than 30 years with BellSouth Telecommunications, where he held several key leadership positions throughout the network operations and supply chains organization. After founding Trillion in 2005, Brown led the company to consistent revenue growth, securing clients including AT&T and G.E. Capital Solutions. Trillion earned numerous awards, including being named the Minority Service Firm of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency in 2007. Brown sits down with Young at the Roundtable to share his entrepreneurial journey.
Also, UBR Contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Maxine P. Gill, owner and managing director of College Nannies & Tutors of Bethesda, Maryland. Gill purchased the franchise business and successfully ran it from home. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she built a career in sales and marketing for such companies as AT&T and Comcast. Gill has been recognized by the corporate office of College Nannies & Tutors with its Rock Star Award. Gill joins the Roundtable to share what it takes to start and run a profitable home-based business.
And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll hear Pepper Miller’s Y.O.U.-TURN segment, get motivation and inspiration from author and educator Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D., a wrap-up of tech news from the Chief Digital Aggregator for Johnson Publishing Co., Jun Mhoon, and our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments.
Pepper Miller is the founder and president of The Hunter Miller Group 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. If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on “The Urban Business Roundtable,” connect with us on Twitter @UBR1690.