Andree Driskell

In Dallas, Andree Driskell is a very important person to know if you want to take your business to its next level. She’s the vice president of Community Relations and Program Development for the Black Economic Council, a national organization focused on promoting the self-sufficiency of black Americans and other minority communities through structured economic development.

Gearing up for BEC’s seventh annual Urban Economic Conference, which takes place on May 11, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Driskell shares, “The conference will introduce a powerhouse collection of panelists and speakers to the minority business community with a focus on educating, empowering, and energizing attendees. Encouraging and paving the path for minority and women-owned businesses to transition from low to high growth industry sectors is a key conference priority.” This year’s theme is Continuing the Ride Towards Economic Emancipation.

Don’t miss this dynamic event featuring a powerhouse of speakers including leaders from Texas and across the nation. Confirmed speakers include Michael Collins, director of the Office of Minority & Women Inclusion; Herbert Austin, Dallas district director for the Small Business Administration; Dr. Deavra Daughtry, CEO of Excellent Care Management and founder of Texas Women Empowerment Foundation. There’s a plethora of dynamic speakers lined up who will provide valuable insight on how to establish strategic relationships with other businesses to pursue multi-million dollar contract, how to maneuver the contractual selection process, and find out where the money is today!

Here, Driskell shares who should attend the conference and why. –yvette caslin

Who benefits from attending the conference?

Minority and woman-owned business entities, corporations seeking to outreach to minority businesses and community organizations focused on the economic betterment of minority businesses and the community overall

How does this conference advance the mission of the organization? of its members?

Leveling the playing field and leveraging untapped markets with the goal of drawing attention to current and emerging business opportunities that will bolster the fiscal strength of communities of color is critical. Critical because the overall fact  is that although, black-owned businesses grew faster than non-minority-owned firms in gross sales, employment and number,  black-owned companies still lag in average size and sales.

What is the expected takeaway for attendees?

Increased knowledge and relationships leading towards increased contractual opportunities.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. Register now online at

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