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April 15, 2010

When it Comes to Dreams, Sky is the Only Limit

When Harry C. Alford, CEO and founder of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, speaks to attendees of the ABA Business Law Section Luncheon, he will say that the sky is the only limit to dreams.

He will speak on Friday, April 23, during the ABA Business Law Section 2010 Spring Meeting in Denver.  More than 1,500 business lawyers are expected to attend the three-day meeting, which features CLE programs, committee meetings and networking opportunities.

Alford, who founded the NBCC in 1993, explained that his goal was to level the economic playing field for blacks and other minorities. He said the vision for the organization grew out of his experiences as deputy commissioner for minority business development in Indiana under former Gov. Evan Bayh.

“I tried an experiment in promoting black-owned and Hispanic-owned businesses by making all information transparent, making the bidding process transparent, and making the interviewing process for professional services to where it was truly a meritorious exercise.”  The result was a 620 percent increase in the number of contracts for minority-owned businesses.

Alford notes the importance of business lawyers to minority entrepreneurs, providing counsel with contracts, leases and other legal agreements.

To hear more from Alford, click here.