Atlanta Business League Hosts Congress On The State of Black Business

Atlanta Business League

The Atlanta Business League, along with black businesses, institutions and community leaders, will come together on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for the Fifth Annual Congress on The State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta to strategize and develop solutions on how black businesses and consumers can have a greater economic impact on our community.

With the theme “The New Normal ‘Maximizing the Black Business'” the Congress will be at the Morehouse College Leadership Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will feature several respected business owners and presenters who will lead discussions on the community’s Return on Investment (ROI) potential and the economic opportunities with Black Businesses in Metro Atlanta.

Discussion will center on the following:

– Economic Development opportunities in creating Black heritage tourism in Metro Atlanta

– Enlarging the 5 percent solution by capitalizing on untapped opportunities. The 5 percent solution refers to The Congress’ primary resolution when founded in 2007 of a 5 percent increase in the amount of business conducted with metro Atlanta black enterprise.

– Formalizing church and business collaborations.

The honorary chairs for the Congress are Nathaniel Goldston, chairman/CEO, Gourmet Services Inc.; Dr. William Pickard, chairman & CEO, Global Automotive Alliance LLC; and James Young, president & CEO, Citizen’s Trust Bank. The sponsors for this event are William Clement; TWD Inc.; Jones Worley Design Inc.; C.D. Moody Construction Company; The Integral Group LLC; MHR International Inc.; H.J. Russell Company; Stubblefield Ventures LLC; and WCLK 91.9 FM.

Presenters include Juanita Baranco, principal, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead; Willie Watkins, president, Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home; the Honorable Burrell Ellis, CEO, Dekalb County; William Pate, president, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Herald Alexander, chairman, Overground Railroad; and many others. Immediately following the conference the ABL 2012 Board of Directors will be installed.

The registration fee for the Congress starts at $50 for a general participant ticket and includes continental breakfast and a lunch. Registration is available at or by calling the ABL at 404-584-8126.


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