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Music is My Business CEO Aaron Arnold to speak at Morehouse College’s Innovation Expo

AaronArnold_headshotMorehouse College will host its 6th annual Innovation Expo: Engaging and Empowering Interdisciplinary Solutions. The event will be on April 16 – 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Morehouse College Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center.

Innovation Expo 2013 provides a unique space and national platform to give greater visibility to student research and entrepreneurial activities across a range of disciplines and from communities and backgrounds that historically have been underrepresented in the sciences and under-recognized as innovators.  A collaboration of three academic divisions of Morehouse College — Business Administration and Economics, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Humanities — the goal of the conference is to stimulate dialogue and explore strategies to spur university/community/government/industry partnerships in support of ongoing student development and growth. Workshops will focus on how to start and sustain businesses, global energy and the impact it has on the environment and the economy, and the business of scientific research.

“There’s something for everyone,” says Tiffany Bussey, director of the Morehouse College Entrepreneurial Center. “Our goal is to increase the exposure of opportunities across academic disciplines — we know that innovation does not take place in silos and this conference seeks to simulate deep conversations, share new ideas and celebrate entrepreneurial creativity.”

The conference will offer research and oral presentations, a student business plan competition for $10,000, entrepreneurship workshops and networking sessions, panel discussions and a health disparity symposium.  Invited panel guests include Cassius Butts, regional director, Small Business Administration; Aaron Arnold, chief executive officer, Music Is My Business; and Ashley Derby, owner/operator of the first Chick-fil-A franchise in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Innovative Creative Entrepreneur (ICE) Awards Luncheon, which recognizes students and business visionary leaders who have championed the cause of minority business and innovation, will have among some of its awardees Dr. Tom Frieden, director CDC and Dr. David Satcher, director Satcher Health Leadership Institute. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Calvin Mackie, an award-winning engineer, internationally renowned motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, arbiter of social change and author of best selling book, A View from the Roof – Lesson for Life and Business.

The event is open to all students and business leaders.  For more information about registering for the conference, please visit www.mcexpo2013.com.