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27 Feb 2017

BWMB 2001

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2001 Annual Convention

That year’s annual convention was held in the House of Commons and had the title ‘’ Black Women IN Public Life ‘’. Amongst the speakers was Dr. Beverley Malone. The new general secretary of Britain’s biggest nursing trade union, the Royal College of Nursing. Dr. Malone was a black American who had been head-hunted for the job and is the most prominent black woman in British Trade Unionism. Our special international guest speaker was Dr. Juanita McGowan. Director of American Ethnic Studies at Kanas State University, Other speakers included Juliette Alexander, television journalist and Mrs. Sharon Kerr, the first black president of the National Associations of Ladies Circles.

Discussion - Creation and Protection

Over thirty Black Women Mean Business members joined Karl King, a well known London barrister Simeon Grossett of the South London Ethnic Minority Business Association and Donna Bradshaw of Fiona Price and Partner, a city based financial consultancy. The panellist spoke about finance for small business. They discussed the full range of options including venture capital, government loan schemes and grants. Many members expressed that there were so many sources of finance that they had not known about. Panellist also discussed financial management issues generally. Particularly tax effective ways of organizing business finance. Finally there was a discussion on small business and the law. Members agreed that it was a very useful seminar.

Global Business

The second discussion in this series was about the pro’s and con’s of doing business in the Caribbean, Africa and the United States of America. There was a range of panellist who all had practical experience of international business. From the department of trade and industry members heard from Helen Tanner, the regional manager for the Caribbean. She spoke about trade missions and gave important specialist advice about doing business in the Caribbean. A Black Women Mean Business member, Sonja Scantlebury gave a very interesting talk about her experiences. Sonja runs Silverstone Tropical Foods, which imports raw materials from all over the world and supplies businesses in the UK and Europe, particularly Germany, Sweden and Austria. The third speaker was Beverley East, another Black Women Mean Business member, who shared her experiences running a business in the United States.

Valentine’s Day Special

In February of 2001 Black Women Mean Business held its second Valentines Business Day reception. As well as being an enjoyable social event, it provided the opportunity to promote the work of Black Women Mean Business and its key strategic partners. Black Women Mean Business members were encouraged to bring their partner or any other male escort. They were entertained by a line-up of comedian’s musicians, poets and singers. Once again we were sponsored by Choice FM, London’s leading urban Music station.

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