SOURCE: Black Enterprise

April 25, 2007 11:15 ET

Celebrated Business Leaders to Speak at the 2007 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Hosted by General Motors

Billionaire Entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson and Superstar Businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson Share Untold Secrets About Conquering Business in America

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2007 -- BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) announces a powerful lineup of experts who will speak at the 2007 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors. The 12th annual event brings together more than 1,500 black entrepreneurs and business leaders for the nation's foremost African American business networking experience, May 9-12, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The theme of this year's conference is Business is Changing and it will feature the following speaker highlights:

--  Earl G. Graves Sr., BLACK ENTERPRISE chairman and publisher, kicks off
    the conference.  Remarks from Michael A. Jackson, GM North America vice
    president, marketing and advertising, will follow.
--  Robert L. Johnson, founder and former chairman of Black Entertainment
    Television (BET), shares his secret to success at Thursday's opening
    session. Johnson is the first black American to achieve billionaire status,
    fully own an NBA franchise (Charlotte Bobcats), and start a major movie
    studio (Our Stories Films).
--  Earvin "Magic" Johnson, chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises is
    interviewed by John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ariel Capital Management
    L.L.C. as part of the BE Small Business Awards Luncheon.
--  Don H. Barden, CEO, Barden Companies and R. Donahue Peebles, CEO and
    chairman, The Peebles Corporation talk about Creative Ways to Finance Your
    Business, an eye-opening look at how to pump capital into your business.
--  Are Blacks in Hollywood Getting Their Piece of the Action brings
    Tinseltown brass together for a lively Town Hall discussion about the mash-
    up of business and pop culture. Panelists include Emmy Award-winning
    actress Lynn Whitfield; actor and author Hill Harper; and talent agent
    Andrea Nelson Meigs, who has brokered lucrative deals for Beyoncé Knowles
    and Cedric "The Entertainer."
--  Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., best-selling author of "Come Hell or High
    Water," brings a courageous message in Dare to Dream, an influential
    address that challenges business leaders to embrace change.
--  Roberta Shields, president of The Ludacris Foundation, reveals the
    keys to female African American business success, despite overwhelming
    obstacles that come with juggling both your professional and personal life.
For registration and schedule information, visit or call 800-209-7229.

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

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