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2007 Tour For Success – Targeting Minority Professionals and Entrepreneurs

March 19, 2007 by  
Filed under Money/Business

Washington, DC ( – Presented by Volvo Cars of North America and produced by Global Diversity Group, “2007 Tour for Success” will kickoff in Washington, DC on March 24, 2007 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. The day-long event, which is also sponsored by Volvo Cars of North America, Delta Airlines, Amtrak, First Friday’s of Washington DC, Women’s Network, and Ebenezer AME Church Young Adult Ministry, brings educational seminars, interactive workshops, and business networking opportunities to emerging and established minority entrepreneurs, corporate executive, and small and large business owners across the country.

This tour city is unique in that three of the four people being honored are in the publishing industry. One of the honoree started a publishing legacy and another inherited a legacy from her father. The individuals being honored include Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise Magazine, who will receive a Legacy Award; Cathy Areu of Catalina Magazine who will receive a Success Story Award; Denise R. Barnes of the Washington Informer who will receive a Community Award; and George B. Thompson, Pastor of Stewardship, Faithful Central Bible Church, who will be honored at the Prayer Breakfast hosted by Ebenezer AME Church Young Adult Ministry. Local successful entrepreneurs will also be on hand to offer a wide range of valuable information to new and mature minority entrepreneurs in the DC Metropolitan area. “We want to provide minorities with business solutions to meet the challenges of the new economy and help lead them to success,” said Melodie Cunningham, event producer and President of Global Diversity Group, Inc. “The event will offer participants invaluable information that they can utilize to launch, grow and successfully manage their businesses.”

Ms. Cunningham notes that, “As a result of the quality of the events developed and facilitated as part of our 2002-2005 Business Exchange: Tour for Success national tours, we were asked by attendees as well as our strategic partners to expand the resources that we provide to individuals. The Business Exchange: Tour for Success has evolved into the Tour for Success. Given the myriad of issues that relate to our constituency, Black and Latino professionals, the tour will provide resources for attendees to enhance their abilities/competencies in the areas of (1) Entrepreneurial Success, (2) Professional Success and (3) Personal Empowerment.”

The dynamic, interactive workshops for all levels of expertise will focus on key business issues and trends, and forums with leading corporate executives and entrepreneurs that allow attendees to ask questions of the experts. Free personal and professional coaching will be provided by Brilliance in Action.

First Friday’s of Washington DC will be hosting a reception that features Business Roundtables. The purpose of the Business Roundtables is to allow participants to speak with various experts personally on subjects ranging from Home Buying to Contracts available in the DC area. This event kicks off First Friday’s series of small business workshop events.

The day will start off with a prayer breakfast for financial stewardship hosted by the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church Young Adult Ministry with guest speaker Gwendolyn Boyd and honoring George B. Thompson. A wise range of dynamic, interactive workshops focusing on key business issues and trends for all levels of expertise will follow the breakfast and continue throughout the afternoon. Topics include: “Steps to Financial Empowerment”; “Personal Empowerment: Change, Grow, and Thrive”; “Managing Yourself as a Brand: Developing Your Personal Profile”; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Financial Independence through Wealth Creation”; “Navigating the Corporate Maze: How to Overcome Obstacles to Achieve Success”; Contract Opportunities in the Metropolitan DC area as well as other dynamic topics. The Economic Empowerment luncheon honoring Earl Graves Sr., Cathy Areu, and Denise R. Barnes will follow the morning workshops.

The event is open to the public. Registration and the workshops are free. The only charge is the Prayer Breakfast, Luncheon and Reception.

To register or learn more about the Washington D.C. event, please call 1-888-265-6480 or visit

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