Multi-Cultural Business Conference Provides Resources for Minority Business Owners

Posted: March 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBC) and its partners host a multi-cultural business conference today at the Sheraton Premier Hotel, Vienna, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. With the theme of “Break the Wall, Break the Barriers–Build a Bridge to Success,” the conference joins Hispanic, Korean, Vietnamese, and other minority business owners with professionals in key corporate and government agencies to provide the goods, services, and information most needed to become successful entrepreneurs in the American economy.

“Through this conference, we hope to provide these culturally diverse entrepreneurs with information and access to resources that are critical to make their businesses thrive,” says Roger Stough, director of the Mason Enterprise Center.

The conference concentrates on solving some of the most serious business problems faced by the non-English speaking entrepreneur when starting a business or planning for expansion. “Among the areas of specific concern are financing, marketing, and procurement,” says Jody Keenan, director of the VSBDC. “We want to offer these business owners resources that will help drive their business.”

The conference is cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, and the Mason Enterprise Center. For more information, contact Keenan at (703) 277-7700 or

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