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Recognizing the economic crises that Black and African communities face globally, the Black Church Means Business Conference recently launched their annual economic literacy, education, and empowerment series in the African embattled nation of the Ivory Coast. Black Church Means Busiess set to host 2006 Confernce December 2006.


[ClickPress, Sun Oct 15 2006] Recognizing the economic crises that Black and African communities face globally, the Black Church Means Business Conference recently launched their annual economic literacy, education, and empowerment series in the African embattled nation of the Ivory Coast.

With the strong support participation of President Laurent Gbagbo, and leading indigenous entities in the City of Abidjan and the United States, the conference attracted over 1,500 Ivorian entrepreneurs and clergy leaders to an interactive panel and forum series addressing the need for economic independence and introducing local and global resources to that end.

Once known as the "West African Miracle," a recent report issued by the BBC News stated that the Ivory Coast's "standing with the international financial community is at its lowest-ever ebb—much like the country's economic and political scene," with defaulted payments to the African Development Bank and the World Bank, and the wrenching effects of political unrest.

Black Church Means Business Executive Chair, Rev. Dennis Dillon, named as one of the NY 25 most influential Black leaders in religion, politics and civil rights by the New York Daily News, met with President Gbagbo and West African business leaders in early September to link the economic struggles of the Ivory Coast and other West African regions to the Black Church Means Business' mission of enlightening and inspiring to transform and empower communities of color through spiritual, economic, and political engagement.

The conference was held from Sept. 7 th through 9th with, Rev. Dennis Dillon as the key speaker along with the Black Church Means Business US delegation, Rev, Yohanna Bennett and James Lamarre.

Further solidifying the link between the economically challenged communities of the Ivory Coast and the African-American community in the United States, a delegation from the Ivory Coast will be participating in the U.S.

Black Church Means Business Conference, taking place at the newly renovated Brooklyn Museum from December 11th-12th. Focusing on the key areas of Retail, Food, Commercial Real Estate, Franchising and Banking, this fifth major presentation of the Conference features presenters such as 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.

"The struggle for economic liberation for Black people is a global struggle, " stated/s Rev. Dillon. "The necessity of the message of the Black Church Means Business campaign in the Ivory Coast, where the sustainability of the entire country is based on being economically stable and financially independent, is a testament to the value and power of the movement."

The 2006 Black Church Means Business will have their official kick-off ceremony with Bishop Noel Jones and the world-renown gospel voices of Bryan Cage and Kim Burrell at Calvary Cathedral in Brooklyn. For more information, contact Raine Martin of Intrakk PR & Marketing at 347-312-4120 or msrainemedia @ gmail.com.

ABOUT BLACK CHURCH MEANS BUSINESS
Under the mission "to enlighten and inspire in order to transform," Black Church Means Business Conference was launched in 1994, committed to empowering black and underserved communities with the spiritual and economic tools for community development and sustainability. The fourth major installment, the 2006 BCMB Conference will be held at the newly renovated Brooklyn Museum on December 11th and 12th.

Piloted by 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.

For more information regarding vendor registration or general admission log on to www.blackchurchmeansbusiness.com



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