SOURCE: Black Enterprise

April 09, 2007 09:05 ET

BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces Its 2007 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Hosted by General Motors May 9th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The Nation's Largest Gathering of African American Entrepreneurs, Corporate Executives, and Decision Makers Goes to Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 9, 2007 -- BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE), along with General Motors (GM), announced today that GM, the world's largest automotive manufacturer, will return to host the 2007 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo for the fourth consecutive year.

This year's conference, themed Business is Changing ... and so Are We, will take place May 9-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. As the nation's foremost African American event for business information and networking, the Entrepreneurs Conference consistently attracts more than 1,500 of the nation's most prominent business leaders.

"Since its inception, the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference has brought together the nation's most influential corporate executives and black business owners for one purpose -- to make deals," says Michael A. Graves, Black Enterprise Executive VP/Corporate Sales. "In order to ensure the perfect backdrop for this year's event, BE is taking the conference to Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. We are confident that Disney's world-class meeting center and first-class accommodations will be the perfect location for networking and million-dollar deal making."

"General Motors is proud to once again partner with BLACK ENTERPRISE on an event that brings together business professionals with fresh ideas," says Michael A. Jackson, Vice President, GM North America Marketing and Advertising. "For GM to stay ahead of the game in the global auto business, we need innovative business partners. Whether it's managing the billions of dollars in purchases from suppliers; the employees who design, build, and market our products; or the dealers who sell our great cars and trucks, African Americans are a vital component to the great strength of General Motors."

This year's conference introduces new sessions, including a Health & Wellness Workout, Fade to Black: Are Blacks in Hollywood Getting Their Piece of the Action, and Strategic Philanthropy: Making Your Dollars Work For The Black Community.

Sponsors of the 2007 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference hosted by General Motors include Aetna, American Airlines, Ariel Mutual Funds, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Frito-Lay, IBM, Macy's, Pepsi, Sam's Club, State Farm®, Verizon Wireless, Visit Florida, Walt Disney World, and Wendy's International.

For more information and a schedule of events, call 800-209-7229 or visit www.blackenterprise.com/beec.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate guide to financial empowerment, is the premier business and investment resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. The monthly publication provides 3.9 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, BE is the authority for business news and trends.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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