This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, the first show of the New Year, Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with world renowned motivational speaker andÂ speech coach Les Brown. Brown’s career as a motivational author and speaker spans more than three decades, and includes self-help classics like Live Your Dreams and It’s Not Over Until You Win.
Brown rose from beingÂ a hip-talking morning DJ toÂ become aÂ three-term state legislator in Ohio, before becoming a legendary keynote speaker. The former host of The Les Brown Show, a nationally syndicated daily television talk show, Brown has coached and trained numerous successful young speakers, including professionals, corporate executives and entrepreneurs fromÂ all over the nation.Â Brown joins the roundtable to talk with Kennedy about how business owners can develop a winning mindset for 2011.
Also on this week’s edition of The Urban Business Roundtable, our UBR contributor Renita Young engages ground-breaking business leader Ulice Payne. After he failed to realize his hoop dreams as a 1978 No. 1 draft pick of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Payne achieved success as a globalÂ entrepreneur and business leader, including making history as the first Black CEO of a Major League Baseball team. The founder of Addison-Clifton LLC, a global-trade compliance advisory firm with officesÂ in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Shanghai, China, shares his journey from erstwhileÂ professional athlete to top business achiever.
In addition, 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, I share wisdom for the New Year from none other than Black Enterprise Founder and Chairman Earl Graves Sr., who explains why entrepreneurs need to maintain an attitude of optimism and determination. For more advice and strategies for entrepreneurs who want to take it to the next level in 2011, check out:
- Small Business Checklist: 11 Ways to Get Your House in Order for 2011
- 6 New Year’s Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs
Reminder: Be sure to tune in over the next several shows for a special discount code that will allow UBR listeners to knock more than 50% off of the cost of registration for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, slated for May 22-25, 2011 in Atlanta.
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.