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Black Church Means Business 2006 Official Launch October 16, 2006 New York – Jamaican born, Rev. Dennis Dillon, Executive chair of the Conference.

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The 2006 Black Church Means Business Conference is hosting a special launch meeting on Monday, October 16, 2006, at the Christian Times Building with keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Elgin Watkins of St. Albans Congregational Church and Eric Adams, New York State Senator, 20th District, to formally unveil the plans for this year’s conference, including a partnership with retail giant Macy’s for the inaugural Fashion Fusion Trade Show.

Under the mission “to enlighten and inspire in order to transform,” Black Church Means Business Conference was launched in 1994, committed to empowering Black, Caribbean and underserved communities with the spiritual and economic tools for community development and sustainability.

Piloted by Jamaican born Executive Chair Rev. Dennis Dillon, CEO of the New York Christian Times newspaper and Chief Executive Minister of the Brooklyn Christian Center, a nationwide coalition of Black churches have embraced partnerships with other religious groups and corporate America, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs to present an interactive two-day forum. Providing information and guidance on starting and developing a profitable business, increasing access to commercial loans, franchising, real estate development, gaining government and private contracts, credit restoration, global markets, and a wealth of other areas, the Black Church Means Business Conference features presenters George Fraser, President of Success Source Unlimited and publisher of Success Guide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources; Dr. Farrah Gray, a young entrepreneur who became a self-made millionaire at the age of 14; and world renowned spiritual leader and author Bishop Noel Jones, who also happens to hail from Jamaica.

A recent addition, the Fashion Fusion Trade Show seeks to create a space where individuals from all facets of the fashion industry can engage emerging Black fashion designers and entrepreneurs as well as mainstream fashion brand names forge a relationship with communities of color. For the conference, the focus is primarily on workshops and seminars; trade exhibits and displays; and of course, a highly anticipated fashion show. The long-term goal is to create a synergy, especially between ‘retailers’ and ‘buyers’; as well as to develop a professional comprehensive directory of Black fashion industry executives, designers, and retailers.

There will be a dinner reception in the Jazzpel immediately following the meeting.

WHAT: Black Church Means Business Official Launch Meeting with Keynote speakers, Rev. Dr. Elgin Watkins, St. Albans Congregational Church and special guest, Eric Adams, New York State Senator, 20th District.

WHEN: Monday, October 16, 2006 @ 7:00 p.m. sharp

WHERE: The New York Christian Times 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Franklin and Classon Aves.), Brooklyn , NY 11238

Take C Train to Franklin Avenue

RSVP: FayeBraz 718-638-6397 ext 10 or [email protected]

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