Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spike Lee to Kick Off Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference

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One-on-One Conversation with Oscar-Nominated Director/Business Mogul Highlights 14th Annual Power Summit for Professionals Seeking Opportunities Amidst Volatile Economy

Two-time Oscar-nominated film director Spike Sheldon Jackson Lee has been confirmed as the featured speaker at the 2009 Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments on Monday, May 18. The luncheon is an annual high point of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors & ExxonMobil. This year's conference will take place May 17-19, 2009 at the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center, in Detroit, MI.

Long considered one of America's most influential filmmakers, Spike Lee is also a celebrated entrepreneur who has produced more than 35 films through his independent production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. His acclaimed work includes She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, He Got Game, Malcolm X, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Summer of Sam, Get on The Bus, When the Levees Broke, and Miracle at St. Anna. In our exclusive one-on-one forum, Lee will share his business philosophy, life lessons, and give motivational guidance to aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike.

The 2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors & ExxonMobil features three days of business, motivational, and leadership seminars designed to empower and profit emerging and established minority businesses. The conference consistently attracts up to 1,100 of the nation's most prominent business power players and leaders. Additional sessions include Securing Capital in a Tight Credit Market, What It Takes to Land the Big Contract, New Opportunities in Emerging Businesses, and the BE Small Business Success(TM) Boot Camp.

Registration is available online at or by phone at (800) 209-7229. The $295 registration fee includes an event bag; continental breakfast and lunch (Monday and Tuesday); and admission to sessions, workshops, networking receptions, the Small Business Awards Luncheon, the BE100s Awards Gala, the Town Hall session, and the expo hall.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Farrah Gray, millionaire at 14

I was watching CNN the other day when they featured an impressive young entrepreneur named Farrah Gray. Growing up in the projects of Chicago’s south side, he was a natural businessman. At age six, he started selling home-made body lotion and hand-painted rocks to his neighbors. By twelve, he was operating several ventures related to the telecoms, food, and entertainment industry. At 14, he was a self-made millionaire with an office in Wall Street.

In the interview, he said that he thought “comfort is the enemy of achievement”. He talked about being born in a poor family with a dad who was an activist and a hardworking mom that suffered from a heart ailment. So early on, he realized that he had to do something to help support their family and make their lives better. I think he did pretty well against the odds, especially since very few people believed he could reach this level of success.

When he was seven, he declared to his teacher that he was going to be a millionaire entrepreneur one day. Incredulous, she looked at him and said, “No, you’re not. You’re poor and your family’s poor. You better go look for somebody to work for.” Then she pointed at a nearby McDonald’s. Farrah went home and told his grandma what happened. She said, “No matter what anyone says to you, wake up every morning, honey, and ask, ‘Why not me?’”
Taking that advice to heart, he’s now a multi-millionaire at 24, a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and gives back by being an avid supporter of various charity organizations.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Instant Networking in Instant Messages

By Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes Copyright © 2009

When I’m online networking there are two questions that I try and ask each person I’m communicating with and they are what is your name and what do you do for a living?

Networking online is very much like making an elevator pitch in person. You only have a few seconds to get your point across. You can be deleted from an Instant Message at any time.

I ask for the first name of the person because it gives me a chance to make the conversation more personal, even in an instant message. This will increase your chances of having the opportunity to move ahead to the next question. Once you have their name you follow up by telling them your name.

After you have established who each other is you move right into the next question. What do you do for a living?

The information you receive from these two questions will allow you to know who they are and what they do? With this information you can see how you can help them and how they might be able to help you?

Always remember the number one rule in networking is to give. When you give, the chances are better that you will receive

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Finance Your Dream

Copyright © 2009

Is money stopping you from fulfilling your destiny?

I recently read a book by Hotep called The Hustler’s 10 Commandments. The 9th Commandment is “It takes Dough To make Bread.” Most people don’t know how to raise the dough so that their gifts can make the bread.

Look at every resource in your possession to help you raise the capital before you go to the bank. You will be even more prepared when it is time to take your business plan to a financial institution.

My family members are close to me and have helped me in every step of the way. I want you to look to your F.A.M.I.L.Y. and see how close you are to seeing your dreams come true. Your F.A.M.I.L.Y. network consists of people that are your Friends, Associates, Ministry, Inspiration, from Learning and You. I learned a long time ago that a closed mouth can’t get fed. It’s time that you ask your F.A.M.I.L.Y. for help so that you can live more abundantly.

Friends are people that you communicate with on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Whodini had a hit song back in the 80’s and they sang, “Friends, How many of us have them?” If you don’t have any friends guess what, get to know some people. Do you support those around you in what they do? This is very important when it is time for you to ask for help. Start right here and now and make a list of your closest friends. Start presenting your idea to your friends. Be sincere and specific and let them know upfront what you are trying to do.

Have you asked a friend lately to help support your business venture?

Associates are the people that you communicate with at work and at networking events. People watch you everywhere you go. The way you act and treat others is important. You never know who you might need to ask for help or who might ask you for help? The relationships that you build are essential to the lifeline of your business. Since associates work close to you they know the level of commitment that you will bring to any project.

Who are you associated with and have you asked anyone of them to help you finance your dream?

Ministry allows you to communicate with others through your church and spiritual programming. I recently joined the church that my wife belongs to. I’m getting to know the members as they are getting to know me. I have volunteered to help out with Vacation Bible School and I was asked to speak to the youth at the annual fishing trip. Once we have established a better relationship there will be more opportunities to showcase what I can do and how we can help each other.

Are you a member of a church and have you asked for a blessing lately?

Inspirational people are the ones that inspire you. You can also be an inspirational figure to others. When I first started speaking I met James Amps. James Amps is an international speaker who took the time out of his schedule to show me how to write my first bio and he even encouraged me to write my first book. As James enlightened me, I take a daily walk to empower others to use their skills to pay their bills. Before you lead, follow in someone’s footsteps that have done what you are trying to do. This will save you time and money.

Who inspires you and have you ask them to be your mentor?

Learning. This is all about the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding that you can obtain to help you finance your dream. Learn all you can about the industry that you plan to partake in. Everyone has a different way they learn. Some learn better from reading while others by hearing. The only way to truly know if what you are studying works is to put it into practice. Learn to be patient and find ways to help others so that others will help you.

What do you need to know that can help you attract the resources to help you finance your dreams?

You. This is all about what you can do to help you out. What is your dream and better yet what is your destiny? What is on the inside that you would like to bring to us on the outside? If you followed your heart where would it lead us to? These questions lead to answers that can educate others on what you are attempting to accomplish. The answer most importantly will lead to action. Take action and don’t be afraid to say “Show Me the Money.”

Are you ready to follow your heart and are you prepared to ask your F.A.M.I.L.Y. to help you Finance Your Dream?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Welcome to Business In College

I would like to welcome you to Business In College. This is a place for entrepreneurial minded people. If you are in college, received your start at a University or would like to give back to others this is a great place to start.

If you have any articles, tips, or ideas that can help someone get their business off the ground plase feel free to submit information . You will be given credit for your contribution. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.