July 11, 2012
UBR Spotlight: Truck Mogul Stephen Neal
This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young speaks with Stephen W. Neal, the president and CEO of K. Neal International Trucks Inc. Based in Hyattsville, MD, the truck dealership earned revenues of more than $90 million last year to land at No. 38 on the Black Enterprise 100s list of the nation’s largest Black-owned industrial/service companies. K. Neal International Trucks provides sales, service, parts and maintenance of new and previously owned commercial trucks and buses, with locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Neal has earned numerous accolades as CEO of the company, including the Washington Business Journal‘s Minority Business Leader Award and being named the 2012 Business Leader of the Year by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. K.Neal International Trucks also received a visit from President Barack Obama. Neal joins the Roundtable to share how her rose through the ranks from stock clerk to running his own multimillion-dollar enterprise.
Also, UBR contributor Samantha Pass speaks with Internet entrepreneur Saideh Browne, founder of the New York-based Browne Center for Success and Wellness and author of 99 Tips to Transform Your Business Today (GS Publishing Group). Browne joins the Roundtable to reveal what entrepreneurs need to know in order to transform their businesses.
In addition, in my “Alfred’s Notepad” segment, I share offer tips for entrepreneurs who want to grow their enterprises by doing business with major corporations through their supplier diversity programs. Look out for my live chats on supplier diversity opportunities on Twitter, scheduled for August 14 and August 22, by following the hashtag #BESUPPDIV or visiting http://tweetchat.com/room/BESUPPDIV for updates. Also, be sure to check out the July 2012 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, which features our latest list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity, with a special emphasis on their supplier diversity efforts.
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 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.