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Local Entrepreneurs share success stories

The Twin Cities Chapter of National Black MBA Association, Inc., the Delta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the University of St. Thomas partnered to showcase local business owners at a November Program entitled, "The Entrepreneur's Quest: Become Your Own Boss." Pictured left to right: Pete Rhodes, Black Music America, Cassandra Ward Brown, The Ward Firm & Legal Eze, Inc., Frederic Estes, Estes Gift & News, and Larry Brown, Brown Customer Delight Group, LP

The Twin Cities Chapter of National Black MBA Association, Inc., the Delta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the University of St. Thomas partnered to showcase local business owners at a November Program entitled, "The Entrepreneur's Quest: Become Your Own Boss."

Seven panelists gave insights on their successes and hurdles for launching businesses in the Twin Cities. Featured Panelists included: William E. Hogan II, Chairman/CEO of The Hogan Group; Larry Brown, Owner/Operator of (three) McDonalds in the Northern Suburbs; Pete Rhodes, Founder/CEO of Black Music America Digital Network; Fredric Estes, President of Estes Gift & News at MSP International Airport; Cassandra Ward Brown, The Ward Firm and Legal Eze, Inc.; Marques Cellestine, Banneker Finance (2007 NBMBAA Entrepreneur of the Year); and Linda Garrett, Tastefully Simple.

More than 140 people attended and the event, which also enabled over twenty businesses to highlight their services during a Business Expo. For a list of the businesses highlighted as well as a video of a portion of the program, visit www.nbmbaatc.org; click on News/Events.

NBMBAA is a non-profit organization of minority MBAs, business professionals, entrepreneurs and MBA students. The Twin Cities Chapter of National Black MBA was formed in 1981and has approximately 125 members with a distribution list that covers over 1,000 professionals. For more information visit: www.nbmbaatc.org.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1908 at Howard University by African American women. Internationally, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. represents more than 200,000 college-educated professional women in more than 920 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Members work to improve social and economic conditions throughout the world through volunteer service. The Delta Phi Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered in 1948 and currently has approximately fifty members in the Twin Cities community. For information visit: www.akadpo.org.
 

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