April 20, 2006

Dr. Bessie House Selected As Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bessie House Selected As Keynote Speaker for the Premier
Northeast Ohio Black Business Showcase

April 21- 22, 2006

Dr. Bessie House will present a keynote speech entitled, “The Ten Personality Characteristics of Successful Black Entrepreneurs” at the upcoming Premier Northeast Ohio Black Business Showcase
which will take place on April 21-22, 2006. Dr. House’s presentation will occur on Friday evening, April 21, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. The venue for the conference is the Civic Conference and Event Center at 3130 Mayfield Road in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Dr. House’s presentation in based on information from her fourth book by the same title in which she discusses the importance of having strong psychological capital. In her presentation, she will define what psychological capital is, identify the 10 personality characteristics of successful black entrepreneurs, and explain why the attainment of these traits has been so very challenging for people of color. She will also explain how to incorporate these traits into your current personality profile if they are noticeably absent.

Dr. House is an Award-Winning Author and Poet, Television Show Host, dynamic public speaker, Administrator, Inventor, Entrepreneur, and widely-recognized expert on entrepreneurship and economic development in the United States. She is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Study and Development of Minority Businesses at Kent State University and the Director of the Entrepreneurial Academy in the Empowerment Zone of the city of Cleveland. Under her strong leadership, the centers have produced award-winning research, award-winning curricular materials, and training programs. More recently, the Entrepreneurial Academy was selected as a finalist for Northern Ohio Live Magazine’s Awards of Achievement in the category of Urban Issues.

Dr. House has written four books, numerous scholarly articles, and book
chapters. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Confronting the Odds: African American Entrepreneurship in Cleveland, Ohio” which received the coveted Henry Howe Book Award. A much sought-after public speaker and presenter, she has made numerous public presentations to diverse audiences in the United States.
Dr. House will be autographing and signing copies of all of her books.

To register for the conference or to get vendor booth rates, call Sylvia Reed at 216-371-3498. Tickets are a total of $25.00 for both days of the conference combined. Other featured guest speakers include Farrah Gray, author of the best-selling book, ‘Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich From the Inside Out”; World Renowned Business Lecturer and Entrepreneur, George Fraser and LaTonya Bacon, IRS Representative on Tax Advocacy. You may register in advance or can pay on the day of the event. There will also be the opportunity for entrepreneurs to have booths to sell their products and services.


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