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WASHINGTON, DC – With billions of dollars being spent each year in the national tourism and hospitality industries, the U. S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC), and other leading national organizations held a joint press conference yesterday (July 8, 2014) to release plans to encourage support of Black-owned vendors and hotels across the nation.

The press conference was held in the Cherry Blossom Room on the mezzanine level of the Black-owned Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Joined by the National Bankers Association, the National Urban League, the NAACP and other African-American organizations, it was the kickoff event for the USBC’s annual School of Chamber & Business Management, which is expected to draw hundreds of small businesses from around the nation for sessions on business growth and development; management; procurement, and the growing issue of economic inequality.

“When the wealth gap starts to increase, access to capital starts to decrease and the unemployment numbers stay on the rise, entrepreneurs are paramount for America’s success,” says USBC President Ron Busby. “We will be addressing each of these issues and more with our attendees leaving with an action plan that can be implemented in the 114 chambers and over 240,000 businesses across the country that we represent.”

The USBC, based in Washington, D.C., is a nationwide association of more than 100 self-sustaining, viable Black Chambers and small business associations. With a goal of economic empowerment, USBC provides these chambers and associations with resources and initiatives in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.

Registered and credentialed media is welcome at all public sessions. Onsite press registration will take place in the foyer of Meeting Level 1 (one level down from lobby).

Other featured sessions include the following:

* Wednesday, July 9th Luncheon Keynote: Cheryl Pearson McNeil, Senior Vice President, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement

* Wednesday, July 9th Closing Remarks: Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., president/CEO, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

* Thursday, July 10th Luncheon Keynote: Sheila Johnson, Founder, Salamander Resorts and Hotels

* Thursday, July 10th, Angela Rye, founder and director of IMPACT, will moderate the “Women in Business” panel

* Thursday, July 10th, Derek Dingle, SVP/Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise will moderate the “Doing Business with Corporate America” session with panelists Ron Parker, President, Executive Leadership Council, and former SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns, Founder, L&L Consulting

* Friday, July 10th, Advocacy Day – White House Briefing from 2pm – 4pm.

For more details on schedule and participants, please visit:

http://usblackchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2014-usbc-school-of-chamber-business-management-111

The USBC School is a premier educational summit for building the skills needed to successfully manage and grow chambers of commerce or business. This is the only event of its kind, and is one that brings together the best of chamber leadership, corporate partners and policy makers from across the country, all in one place, and at one time.

Key sponsors include Wells Fargo, Google, Walmart, MGM Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, IBM, MyWireless, Verizon, and Mobile Future.

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