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The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Urban Economic Conference, Nov. 7 in Detroit.  The Urban Economic Conference was held to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to the local, state and national resources, and networks they need to grow and hire. Making sure entrepreneurs have access to contracting opportunities is a top priority, according to an MBCC press statement.

Executive Director of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Don Graves, who will oversee the disbursement of $300 million in grant opportunities to Detroit, was present along with several other White House officials.

Gov. Snyder’s representatives included Harvey Hollins of the Michigan Office of Urban Initiatives and Trevor Pawl of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Deputy Wayne County Executive Heaster Wheeler was also present in addition to representatives from the corporate and foundation communities.

Later, the MBCC held its first annual Sankofa dinner. It was billed as the largest Black business sit-down dinner. Dr. William Pickard, CEO of the Global Automotive Alliance, and Walter Douglas, chairman of Avis Ford, were honored.


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