Celebrating 11 years of economic empowerment through its MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business Plan Competition, MillerCoors has awarded more than $1.5 million in business grants to emerging minority businesses since 1999, targeting urban entrepreneurs ages 21-35. On March 15, 2011, MillerCoors hosted a reception at its headquarters in Chicago honoring the winners of the 2010 MUES Business Plan Competition, who earned a total of $150,000 in capital for their businesses. The 11th Annual MUES Business Plan Competition grant winners: (back row) Jerome Young of Attract Jobs NOW, Terethia Waller of The Benson Mills Group, LLC, Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez of BTTR Ventures, (front row) Jess Cerda and Nancy Nkansah of Ncapsul, Christie Blackwell and Quiana Corde of Barazzo. Black Enterprise has been an official media partner of MUES since its inception. Here are few behind the scenes moments from the event. (Images: MillerCoors)
Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.