The North Alabama African-American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University) will hold the 17th Annual Business and Economic Opportunities Conference & Expo in
Huntsville, Ala., on September 13 at the Von Braun Center. The event is free to the public and registration is requested.
Amos Otis, CEO of SoBran, Inc., will be the featured awards luncheon speaker. SoBran has been both an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company and a Black Enterprise Top 100 Black-owned Business for several years running. He is a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a Trustee of the Dayton Project Inc. of the Dayton
Development Coalition. He also established the SoBran/Scoman Educational scholarship at Tennessee State University, and the Brenda Faye Otis-Lee Educational Scholarship at the St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, Ala.
NAAACC Board Chair Jackie Reid states: "With presenters from technology giant Microsoft and key economists from the Center for Business Economic Research, conference attendees will be positioned to dream bigger and bolder ideas that will change our community.
The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with two (2) public sessions that will include a presentation from Microsoft Corporation and an Alabama economic update from leading economist Dr. Sam Addy, director of the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research.
Additional workshops will be conducted on access to capital; doing business with local government agencies; youth entrepreneurship; and effective use of social media. Event sponsors include Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, state representative Phil Williams, the Alabama International Trade Center, state representative Laura Hall, and the Huntsville Housing Authority. More than 50 exhibitors will be present.
The NAAACC is dedicated to the economic development, job creation, and advocacy that is critical to the future growth and success of its member businesses and the community at large. The NAAACC is affiliated with Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, media inquiries and to schedule interviews, contact the NAAACC office at (256) 564-7574 or visit the NAAACC online: www.naaachamber.org .