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Black Enterprise Conference a Must for Start-up Businesses, Veteran Proprietors

ATLANTA — For the following individuals at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, many who traversed to the “Black Mecca” from as far away as San Francisco and Portland in the West and New England and Minnesota in the East, attending was not an option. It was an absolute imperative.

Many have undergone transformation from the plethora of paradigm-shifting panels they’ve attended and the bountiful networking contacts they’ve made. Others have been injected with a revived spirit to put their engines in overdrive on the road to their lifelong dreams of either owning their own businesses or taking their established businesses to the next level. After seeing an endless cavalcade of illustrious and accomplished panelists march on and off the stage like a parade of stars, many of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs conventioneers now believe that they, too, can be successful. Correct that: They now know they can.

Tiffany Johnson (pictured above), of Cards by Tiffany, maker of hand-made, innovative greeting cards: “Actually, I won at a networking session, and I thought it was a good opportunity to attend the conference and learn how I can turn my hobby into a money-making enterprise.”

Mary Smith, Lu Lu Stitches, Chattanooga, Tenn., alterations and making clothing for women and girls: “I came to the BE conference to network with others and find out information about my business and how to expand it.”

Moraa Bey, Beautiful Locks, Berkeley, Calif., certified hair lock technician: “I am looking at [gaining knowledge in] social media and marketing knowledge. I am looking at getting into production and doing stage sets.”

Manziri Clark, Kawa Java, a coffee business in Uganda that rushes coffee from Uganda and resells it in local markets: “I came to network with other entrepreneurs and to share my business with [them].”

Kreisha Shropshire, Artist Works, markets products for men and women to reshape their bodies: “I came to this event because I am an entrepreneur, and I wanted to make sure that I networked with other entrepreneurs.”

Kree Latimore, sales and marketing executive at UHI LLC that coaches people to trade on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ: “I volunteered for this event because my children and I are looking to start a skateboarding and events business. So, I am here to meet and learn from other business professionals.”

George A. Olocum, owner of a full- service consultant company that focuses on business and life development in Atlanta: “I attended the BE conference last year. I felt it was a great conference, big on networking, and I [spoke] at the Teen Conference this year.”

Jonathan Matthew Williams, PR professional with Ketchum, voice-over artist and actor in Atlanta: “It was an opportunity to meet small-business owners to see what their concerns are. Many of our products are geared toward small-business owners and entrepreneurs. So, I really wanted to see where they are in their experiences and get some insights, so we can see how we can best address their needs.”

terry shropshire


  1. Kred2000 on May 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for doing this story.  Its good to see that these new or established entreprenuers are given an opportunity to share their experiences in this article.  So much of today’s media is only centered on the already “rich and famous” .  Thanks again.

  2. Cardsbytiffany on May 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Wow! Thanks for including me and helping to expand my vocabulary, at that. :o) Tiffany Johnson

  3. Jazz on May 28, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Good to know that the sisters are representing on the business front!

  4. Beautifulloks on May 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Terry, It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for representing the west coast.

  5. Toussaint Molina on June 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The article itself is uplifting, not to mention my loctician is representing for the Bay Area and of course Beautiful Loks! Do you know someone who wants to lok it up but wants to keep it holistic and healthy? Holler at me, or better yet take a look…

  6. tjolie on June 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Great job Tiffany…we support your business ideas and endeavours we love you very much your cousin Tina!!!

  7. LovishickaS on June 7, 2011 at 2:12 am

     Tiffany, congrats on becoming an entrepreneur. What a clever idea to turn your hobby into a business! Your cards are absolutely adorable. Continue to put your heart into your cards and learn all you can about networking and I know your business will go far.

  8. Imani Chapman on June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I am more than happy to see Moraa Bey on here she remains one of the best, In doing my locks. Great job for going and opening it up to everyone.

  9. Michele on June 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany Johnson of Cards by Tiffany at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Conference and her work is OUTSTANDING.  Her cards are creative and so unique I’ve asked her to design holiday cards for Posh Pastries DC  The level of quality and craftsmanship is amazing and I know my customers will love her cards and so will yours!!!