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GRBCC Speaker Series: Building A Stronger Black Economy


The Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd edition of its Entrepreneurial Speaker Series.  This year’s guest speaker is renowned bestselling author and economic expert, George Fraser. 

“The mission of the Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce is to empower, sustain and advocate for black owned business in Grand Rapids.”

Don Williams, retired dean emeritus at GVSU and member of the Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce, says it is getting increasingly important for the African American community to create a strong economic base.  So the Black Chamber offers an entrepreneurial series, now in its third year.

“So our first speaker talked about cohesiveness, development. Our second speaker talked about buying black and our third speaker, Dr. Fraser will be speaking about power networking and how it creates economics.”

Dr. George Fraser will be in town Tuesday, using the theme, “Fired Up and Ready for Action”.  This is a theme which Black Chamber President Elect, Nathaniel Moody says is fitting for Grand Rapids, where he says African American entrepreneurs are not involved in or brought to the table regarding the many changes happening in  urban areas.

"So we have to get  fired up and ready for action so that we can connect the dots know where everyone is at  and know what they do in terms of what they do for a living, professionalism, so we can create a stronger economic base for the community.  If we don't support one another then we won't have an economic base. ”

The luncheon featuring Dr. George Fraser is Tuesday at Brown Hutcherson Fellowship Hall 1065 36th Street in Grand Rapids.  The cost is 35 dollars  and the event is open to the public.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.